Chennai: Humiliated by ‘rival gang’, youth ends life under train – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: Minutes after sending a voice message to friends and family that he was ending his life unable to bear the humiliation by students of another college, a 21-year-old jumped to his death in front of a moving train at Thiruninravur station on Tuesday night.
M Kumar, a first-year MA (history) student of Presidency College, said he did not want to live a life given as ‘alms’ by Pachaiyappa’s College students and apologised to his mother and friends. The audio message ends with the sound of a train’s horn.
Police said Kumar jumped in front of the double-decker train from Bengaluru around 8. 40pm, a few meters from Thiruninravur railway station. His friends at first were not sure if he was serious and they had no clue where he was. After attending college on Tuesday, he returned home to Guruvarajapet near Arakkonam. He left again in the evening telling his mother he had a wedding to attend and would be late coming home. It was Wednesday morning by the time the family identified the body.
Police say the death was a fallout of the ‘route clashes’, like on city buses in Chennai, between students of different colleges. Police are investigating when and where Kumar fellfoul of rivals from Pachaiyappa’s College. He had attended college on Monday and Tuesday.
In fact on Tuesday, the RPF had detained some students from Presidency College for pulling the chain and stopping a train to cut a birthday cake. This had sparked a brief rail roko near Avadi and Hindu College railway stations.
Police suspect that Kumar could have been harassed by Pachaiyapppa’s College students around this time. “Kumar has narrated the ordeal to one of his friends, but he did not identify the harassers. We are questioning a few more people to know who were involved in the incident,” said a senior railway police official.