CHENNAI: Two students, including a juvenile, of a city college were arrested on Thursday, a day after the violent clash over seniors forcing juniors to buy booze.
Police said the assault took place in the staircase near the library of an aided co-education college in Tondiarpet.
Mari, a final B.A Economics student, confronted I year students, demanding money for booze as usual when they were heading to the classroom on Wednesday. But, the I year lot shooed him away, after a mild tussle.
Mari’s comrade-in-arms Stephen, (19), a II year B.Sc (zoology) student, returned to the I year class room to question how juniors could do this to a senior leading to tension around 10.30 am.
Distraught over the constant nagging by seniors seeking booze, a 17-year-old I year student attacked Stephen with a helmet and the latter collapsed on the ground with severe bleeding from the head. It took several sutures to stop the bleeding at Government Stanley Hospital where he is still under treatment.
Subsequent to the incident, the college declared a holiday and on information Tondiarpet Police rushed to the spot. A posse of force was posted in the college and the students were dispersed from the campus in order to prevent the situation from escalating.
Based on Stephen’s complaint, the juvenile was was booked under sections 341, 324 and 506 (ii) of Indian Penal Code. He was subsequently produced before the Juvenile Justice Board and handed over to the latter’s custody.
Meanwhile, Mari was arrested on a complaint lodged by another student of the same college for criminal assault. Stephen, also named in the complaint, was spared because of the injuries. Sir Theagaraya College resumed working on Thursday morning.