A Tamil Nadu Police sub-inspector, mortally wounded after a vicious gang attack, bled to death as his cries for help went unheard. Two ministers and their convoy saw his plight but failed to help.
R. Vetrivel (44) — a member of the team that gunned down Veerappan in 2004, for which he earned a double promotion — lay in a pool of his own blood, his leg severed in the attack at Alwarkuruchi in Tirunelveli district on Thursday evening.
State health minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam and youth and sports development minister Mohideen Khan, accompanied by the district collector and other officials, stopped on seeing Vetrivel. State health secretary V.K. Subburaj, who was part of the convoy, denied any insensitivity on their part and said Panneerselvam got down and went to Vetrivel. But they did nothing to assist him.
Vetrivel was later taken to hospital where he died.
Local media reports said the gang was actually contracted to kill another sub-inspector and mistakenly took down Vetrivel.