CHENNAI: On Christmas day, a head constable of the city police and a member of the Police Youth Brigade rescued a man believed to be from Andhra Pradesh who had fallen unconscious on the street, on Thursday.
According to eyewitnesses, a man in his early twenties fell down unconscious around 11 a.m. in front of Government Royapettah Hospital and remained unattended. He wore only a lungi and his face was covered by flies with no one bothering to check up on him.
At around 11.30 am, L Ramalingam, head constable attached to Anna Salai police station along with youth brigade member, TK Jeeva, on routine patrol, spotted the man lying unconscious.
The policemen made the man sit up but the unconscious man could not open his eyes. Jeeva ran to a neighbouring shop and bought water sachets and splashed water on the face of the man. Finally the man opened his eyes, but was too weak to speak.
Ramalingam learnt that the man had not eaten for a long time and arranged for food and water to be brought to the stranger. When the food came, the two policemen had to feed him. The man could only mumble a few words in Telugu and would utter ‘Siva Siva’ intermittently. The police personnel clothed him and moved him to Government Royapettah Hospital for treatment.
“It appears he is from Andhra, but we are yet to ascertain his identity or how he ended up on the road. When we visited him in the afternoon, he recognised us. He was in tears, but still could not convey to us where exactly he is from and why he is here,” noted a senior police official.