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Passers-by watch man being killed

india Updated: Jul 14, 2011 01:08 IST
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A fatal attack on a man in Coimbatore — watched by several people as mute spectators — has been captured on camera, leading the police to slam the insensitivity of the bystanders.

Santosh Kumar (28), a construction worker, was attacked by four persons near a traffic signal on a busy road in Tamil Nadu’s textile hub, around 500 km from Chennai, at 2pm on Sunday. The brutality was caught on a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera mounted at a traffic junction.

The visuals show two people coming in the way of Kumar’s motorcycle, causing him to fall. They assault Kumar and are joined by two more persons in the murderous attack. People are seen moving on after the attack.

Some autorickshaw drivers took Kumar to a hospital. He died on Monday. He is survived by his wife (21) and one-and-a-half-year-old son.

Coimbatore deputy commissioner of police S Nizamuddin said the cold response of people who saw the fatal attack was “insensitive”. “There were many bystanders and motorists. No one, not even pedestrians intervened in the fight or did anything. They could have stopped the fight,” Nizamuddin added.

Coimbatore residents too appeared equally shocked. “People’s attitude as seen on CCTV is really shocking. ,” said a banker who did not want to be named. S Amirtha said, “Concern for fellow humans is hardly there. Coimbatore has changed a lot.”

Police have arrested the four accused. Apparently, the provocation was an earlier altercation Kumar had with one of the persons who attacked him, police said.

(With inputs from agencies)