CHENNAI: A woman passenger filed a police complaint against an MTC conductor alleging that he had slapped her for insisting to stop the vehicle in a bus stop, as mandated by an MTC circular.
The complainant, Deepika Balasubramanian (23), employed with Tata Consultancy Services, said conductor Mahesh of bus route 568 started arguing when she asked for a ticket to the bus stop close to her office. “The conductor said the bus will not halt at the TCS bus stop, instead he gave me the ticket to a stop before my destination. An MTC circular clearly says that all its buses should stop at TCS bus stop. This is not the first time this particular conductor had behaved like this. About a month ago, he argued with me, when I asked him to stop the bus at Hindustan University stop,” she told Express.
“He snatched my mobile and slapped on my cheek, when I started to record his behaviour. When I asked him to state on record that the bus will not stop at the TCS bus stop, he got infuriated and assaulted me. He also threatened to kill me if I argued further,” she said.
Deepika lodged a complaint with Kelambakkam police station and MTC on Thursday. She said the MTC officials have given her an acknowledgement of the complaint and assured to initiate departmental action.
“I had also lodged an e-complaint to Chennai city police commissioner’s office, but did not get any response,” she said. Kelambakkam police said they are yet to register an FIR on the complaint. “We are enquiring both the parties to file an FIR,” a police personnel said.
4 Malaysians Held
Four Malaysian nationals enrolled as students and interns in a private dental college here were arrested on charges of assaulting one of their classmates for stealthily withdrawing Rs 10,000 from their bank accounts.
Police said the Malaysian quartet had vested their ATM cards and PINs with the victim Valliappan, who was regularly helping them in buying food and other necessities.
Last week, the four students who were sharing their accommodation with Valliappan, had brutally assaulted him when they found out that he had withdrawn Rs 10,000 in excess.
Vallaippan and the four Malaysians - Giritharan, Bhuvaneshwaran, Poovendran and Naveen, were students of Meenakshi Ammal Dental College.
Police sources said last week the four had asked Valliappan, a third year student, to withdraw money from their accounts and buy them liquor and food.
The SMS alert showed that excessive amount was withdrawn.
A few friends rushed Valliappan to a hospital.
Maduravoyal Police registered a case on the complaint of the victim’s father Chidambaram, who happened to visit the city and found his son severely injured.