For young bloods on powerful bikes, zipping past city roads at full throttle can be an adrenaline rush, but it’s a high that came crashing down, metaphorically, when the cops intercepted the group.
City police on Wednesday arrested five youths, including the son of a sub-inspector of police, for drag racing in northern Chennai. To date, 15 people including two minors have been arrested.
Since Monday, police have been scrutinizing Instagram groups through which young people communicate to gather and race.
On Monday night, cops received reports of youths on bikes racing from Parry’s Corner. Police on night patrol barricaded the road on Erukkanchery High Road, nabbed the five bikers and seized their vehicles.
They were identified as Dr Tiwin Kumar (20), Mowin (20) and Harish Kumar (22) from Tondiarpet, Balaji (22) from New Washermenepet and Salman (18) from Tiruvottiyur. All five were taken into custody by Pulianthope Traffic Police on Tuesday.
Tiwin, a student, is the son of Sub-Inspector Dhanarasekar, who is stationed in North Chennai. “Others are also students. There are groups on Instagram through which they communicate. They gather at a specific place and decide on the route to indulge in drag racing, ”says an officer.
On Monday, Washermanpet Traffic Investigation Police arrested three men for running from Stanley Rountana to Moolakothalam the night before.
Defendants Ajith Kumar (21), Praveen Kumar (23) and Sadam Hussain (22) from Korukkupet were arrested under five different sections of the IPC and MV Act and remanded in custody.
It may be recalled that on Monday, Adyar Traffic Investigation police arrested eight youths, two of them minors, after a video clip of them doing bike stunts on Kamarajar Salai on Friday night went viral on social media.
In a separate incident, Royapettah Traffic Police booked seven motorists and passengers for performing dangerous stunts on the RK Salai and Natesan Salai junction on Sunday. They were fined Rs 8,900.