KANHANGAD:In an incident that declares the death of humanity, neighbours and relatives left a man to die after he had a crippling fall from a mango tree.
Pala,48, a daily wage labourer and resident of Manikallu colony at Poodamkallu in Rajapuram, died under the same tree after pleading for help for 20 hours, said Rajapuram Sub-Inspector Ranjith Raveendran.The officer said Pala had suffered injuries to his spine and was not able to move.
He climbed the mango tree in the neighbourhood on Tuesday evening. “One of the branches gave away and he fell at 6 pm. In 30 minutes, his relatives and neighbours came to know of the fall,” Raveendran said.
Several persons came to see him and Pala told all of them he fell from the tree and was not able to move. But they stood there as spectators.His niece Pushpa,28, got three other women from the colony to lift Pala, but were not able to move him, the officer said. They went to the colony and sought the help of the men, but none of them was moved by his plight.
Later, she got him some water and left him under the tree in the night. Wednesday morning, she came to see him again while on her way to the shop. By then, his condition had deteriorated. When she returned in the afternoon, Pala was gone forever. Pushpa then informed the Rajapuram police station.
Raveendran said the neighbours were not even cooperating with the police to conduct the inquest.
“They avoided him because he used to drink a lot,” he said. If he was taken to hospital in time, his life could have been saved.