Chennai: In an instance of shocking apathy, a sub-inspector of Tamil Nadu police, brutally attacked by a gang in Tirunelveli District, bled to death as his cry for help went in vain even after two ministers with their convoy stopped by and saw his plight.
44-year old Vetrivel, who was a member of the Special Task Force that gunned down forest brigand Veerappan in 2004, lay in a pool of blood with his leg severed and begged for help after the attack by the gang at Alwarkuruchi shortly before the ministerial convoy was to pass by last evening, eyewitnesses said.
Health Minister M R K Panneerselvam and Youth and Sports Development Mohideen Khan, along with officials, including the District Collector, halted their convoy on seeing the profusely bleeding police official battling for life on the road.
They did not come out to help the cop and only after a f ew minutes called for ambulance and poured water on him.
Eyewitnesses said Vetrivel was screaming for help but did
not get assistance in time from the ministers and accompanying
Though later taken to a hospital, Vetrivel, who got a
double promotion for being part of STF that gunned down forest
brigand Veerappan, succumbed to injuries.
However, state Health Secretary V K Subburaj, who was part
of the convoy, denied any insensitivity on the part of the
ministers and officials and said Panneerselvam had got down
from his car and went near Vetrivel.
The ministers were going to Kadayanallur where a viral disease has gripped residents.
Police said two members of the gang had been arrested in connection with the incident by the striking police personnel after opening fire in the air, while the other members of the gang managed to escape.