As outrage continued over alleged apathy towards a Tamil Nadu police official bleeding to death on a road after being brutally attacked, a state Minister witness to his plight on Saturday went on the defensive saying timely help was provided to the victim.
With video footage of Vetrivel crying for help with the two ministers standing around evoking a national outcry, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa demanded their sacking, alleging they did not help the policeman.
Health Minister MRK Panneerselvam, who defended himself as also his collegue TPM Mohideen Khan, both of whom had come under attack for alleged apathy despite stopping by and seeing the sub-inspector Vetrivel battling for life on Thursday, said they ensured the victim was sent to hospital without delay in a vehicle of their convoy.
Eyewitnesses had said Vetrivel did not get any relief in time from the ministers and officials accompanying them.
The two ministers were not present at the funeral of the 44-year old Vetrivel who was bombed and hacked in a case of mistaken identity on Thursday in Alwarkurichi by a gang over a family feud involving another sub-inspector Sivasubramanian.
Amid poignant scenes, hundreds of local residents and top police officials, led by DIG Kannappan and District SP Asra Garg paid their last respects to the slain officer who was buried with full police honours in his native Mullikulam village Friday afternoon.