Chennai: During daytime, Ambattur Railway station in Chennai is a bustling place. Commuters use the public transport to travel in and around the city but by night the tracks near the station become a hub for anti-social elements.
People from the nearby area sit on the tracks to consume alcohol and drugs, it is alleged. "Though the station was fitted with new lights, the tracks are still dark and some people have taken advantage of the situation to their benefit," said Padmanathan V P, a resident.
The walls which were constructed to prevent people from trespassing can easily be scaled.
Also there are large openings at certain points where men easily get in. People are seen sitting in groups at different spots on the tracks and consuming alcohol.
"The station becomes lonesome after nine in the night. This is apt for these anti social elements. They buy alcohol from the nearby shop and come and sit here. They are endangering their lives and that of the people travelling on the train. Police officials should take swift action and apprehend these people." added Padmanathan.
Though railway police try to capture these men, they spot them coming and run away by climbing the walls. After a while they come back to the same spot and continue their business.
"I never take the trains at night due to fear of mugging. I fear the miscreants who drink near the railway station," said Lakshmi from Kallikuppam Main Road. People who reside near the tracks witness the things going on but can't do much about it.
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