Posting of offensive comments on social networking site Facebook and subsequent text message exchanges between a third year boy student and a first year girl student took an ugly turn with the students taking sides and indulging in violence, in a private engineering college near Tambaram, on Thursday.
The college was closed down indefinitely by the management to ensure that no further trouble brewed in the campus following the incident.
Police said the duo got to know each other through the social networking site and were in touch for quite a while. They had also exchanged their mobile numbers. In course of time, the relationship soured and they decided to part ways.
In the mean time, the girl posted some objectionable comments on the FB wall of the boy, which irked the latter.
She also sent some text messages aggravating the issue. Notwithstanding, the boy recently slapped her in full public view inside the college campus. As the sobbing girl explained as to what happened to her friends and class mates, they ganged up and thrashed the boy who also retaliated with another attack with his supporters.
The college administration intervened. A truce was offered and both the sides agreed not to rake up the issue.
Meanwhile, the seniors began to pick the students from a particular stream in which she was studying and began thrashing them soon after they alighted from the college buses.
Students ran helter-skelter to evade the attacks while some students who took refuge in the class rooms, which they locked from inside, were also not spared.
Peerkankaranai Police was informed and a posse of police force was deployed to maintain order at the college, while the students who indulged in the attack managed to sneak out of the college. No student has come forward to lodge a complaint and the management too had toed the same line.
The college had also declared indefinite closure of the classes until further notice. No case was registered though.