Policeman attacked on road, in Tamil Nadu, India. The two state ministers stare from their cars and don’t come for help.
A policeman, R Vetrivel, in Tamil Nadu lies on the road begging for help. The 44-year-old’s legs have been chopped off by gangsters.
A government convoy passes by this part of Tirunelvelli. It includes two ministers – for Sports and Health – in the Tamil Nadu government. The convoy stops. Neither of the ministers step out of their cars. With them are bureaucrats – a Collector and a Health Secretary.
The Collector, M Jayaraman, finally gets out of his car after dithering for eight minutes. But nobody offers to take the wounded inspector to hospital. Finally, the Collector phones for an ambulance. It doesn’t arrive.
The nation watched horrified as the images of a wounded inspector who lay dying in the middle of the road, ironically under the ‘watchful’ eye of the state health minister were splashed across our living rooms. Do you think that a minister or any individual should be taken to account for such brash display of callousness under such circumstances?