Chennai: Three juveniles have been held by Government Railway Police, Egmore, for leaving cement slabs on the track near Taramani Railway station on 4 September.
According to the police, the boys did not have any ulterior motive behind placing the slabs on the MRTS route. They wanted the train to hit the cement slabs so that they could take the pieces of iron inside and sell them for Rs 200, and celebrate the birthday of one of their friends.
The boys, aged 15 and 16, are studying in an ITI in Taramani. While two of them are from Perungudi, one is from Kundrathur. The boys tried to break the cement slabs manually but when that failed, they left it on the track so the trains can run over it.
A police source said, "At first, we suspected it could be the work of mischief-makers as there is a wine shop nearby. Then we began inquiring with the scrap dealers in the locality if anybody had sold pieces of iron. This led us to these boys."
The police said the slabs weighed 20 kilograms. The boys did not have any criminal history, it is learnt.
Two times over the last one week police found slabs used for covering the signal and telecommunication cables by the side of the tracks, between Perungudi and Taramani stations.
On Tuesday night, an MRTS loco pilot stopped the train after seeing the cement blocks on the railway tracks.
The police said the slabs did not cause any impact on the running of trains.
A case has been registered under Section 151 of the Railway Act (damage to or destruction of certain Railway properties).