The student identified as A Neethi Devan, a resident of Orathur village near Tiruvalangadu in Tiruvallur district, was rushed to Tiruvallur Government Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. The accident happened when the boy was returning home from college.
Government Railway Police said Neethi Devan was a second-year economics student at Presidential College.
Police said at around 3:15 p.m. he stood on the steps at the door of a train bound for Arakkonam from Velachery. When the train was between Veppampattu and Sevvapet, his hands slipped off the pole he was holding and he fell to the ground, police said.
On impact, both of his legs were badly damaged and he collapsed near the train tracks. Passers-by called an ambulance and he was rushed to the government hospital in Tiruvallur. But around 5:30 p.m., he died of his injuries. His body was then sent for post-mortem. A file has been registered and an investigation is underway.
The GRP has urged students to stay inside compartments when traveling by train. A GRP officer said, “We have assigned personnel to patrol platforms from Chennai Central to Arakonam and Gummidipoondi.” These personnel would prevent wandering students from creating a row at train stations and performing stunts while brandishing deadly weapons.