CHENNAI: A class X girl coming out of school was attacked by a drunk man who slashed her face and neck with a knife at Ponneri on Thursday. Luckily, the girl suffered only minor injuries as classmates managed to save her from the man, who was near the entrance of a government school.
While locals managed to catch the accused, parents of the girl were hesitant in lodging a police complaint fearing the reputation of the girl. “The girl, with a few classmates, had just come out of the school and were standing close to the entrance. The man suddenly started abusing them and took out a small knife. As he waved it, she suffered minor injuries on the face and neck,” said a Ponneri police officer.
On seeing this, the locals managed to catch the man, identified as Baskaran (33), a resident of nearby Ernavoor village nearby. The girl was treated an out patient.
Police said the man was a stranger to the girl and there appeared no motive for his behaviour. “He is working as a coolie in a printing press and was carrying a knife used to cut papers. We think he should have misbehaved and the girl questioned him leading to an argument between them. The man apparently went violent after that,” said a police officer.
The Ponneri police have arrested Baskaran.