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Updated: June 7, 2013 13:12 IST

Cop jumps into well, saves woman

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54-year old sub-inspector Ethiraj of the Foreshore Estate police station who saved the life of a 24-year old woman who attempted suicide by jumping into a well on Monday. Photo: Special Arrangement
54-year old sub-inspector Ethiraj of the Foreshore Estate police station who saved the life of a 24-year old woman who attempted suicide by jumping into a well on Monday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Less than a year ago, he was rewarded for thwarting a robbery attempt

A night of routine patrolling turned into a heroic moment for 54-year-old sub-inspector Ethiraj who jumped into a well and saved a 24-year-old woman.

Around 4 a.m. on Monday, Ethiraj, attached to the Foreshore Estate police station, was patrolling the locality when he got an alert about some commotion on 4th Trust Cross Street.

When he reached the area in his patrol vehicle, he saw four persons running towards him.

“They looked frightened and said some sounds were emanating from the neighbourhood. They thought robbers were prowling in the vicinity,” Mr. Ethiraj said.

But when the policeman looked around, he found nobody. “As I was about to return to the vehicle, I heard someone wailing. I searched the area and found a well. There was a woman inside the well and she was crying for help,” he said.

Soon, a huge crowd gathered around the well. “But nobody was willing to jump in and save the woman. That’s when I decided to get into the well myself. I secured a rope on top of the well and descended. It was 30 feet deep and narrow,” said Mr. Ethiraj.

Since there was just six-feet-deep water inside, the woman did not drown. “I counselled her and secured the rope around her waist. I then asked the onlookers to pull her up,” said Mr. Ethiraj. The woman was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Enquiries revealed the woman, Hemalatha, was a resident of the same locality. Her husband had gone out of town on work. “I handed the woman over to her mother-in-law. My biggest reward was the smile and relief on her mother-in-law’s face,” he said.

Less than a year ago, Mr. Ethiraj was rewarded by the then city police commissioner J.K. Tripathy for thwarting a robbery attempt. He apprehended a group that was fleeing in an autorickshaw after looting a jewellery store.

“I was reward with Rs. 1,000 as I reacted immediately and nabbed the culprits,” said the native of Madurantakam.

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A great hero at this age! He must have contributed a lot during his
service which has perhaps gone unnoticed. Best wishes to the Hero.

from:  Akbar
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 11:12 IST

Such police officers are a rarity. They need to be celebrated and generously rewarded. It is laughable that this honest, brave and duty-conscious officer was given an award of Rs. 1000!! This must be condemned. He risked his life and nabbed the culprits but is given this measly "award". Hope his bravery in saving the lady from the well is recognized and rewarded suitably. I request The Hindu to follow up on this and see that the officer is awarded with a promotion or atleast a reward of minimum Rs. 50,000

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 04:10 IST

The reward of RS. 1000 for nabbing criminals is pretty less. When some good work is done people should be rewarded generously which will also motivate others to do good work.

from:  vignesh
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 16:43 IST

REWARD OF RS. 1000!!! Is it a printing mistake?!
if not, then:
Shame shame shame!!! The police officer risked his very life to nab hard core criminals. Who knows, these guys could have killed him! and this officer gets a "reward" of Rs. 1000!!! Sorry, I'm unable to digest this. In India it is very hard to find an honest, brave and sincere policeman. And when you succeed in this daunting task (of finding such a one), you are expected to reward him generously (with a promotion, with at least Rs. 100,000). I live in Europe. I can't help laughing at a reward of 1 Euro 20 Cents for a police officer. Even good chocolates cost around 2 Euros!

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 15:53 IST

This person really has proved what TN Police really is. Wish him all success. A role-model cop.

from:  Bala
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 13:46 IST

Good job Ethiraj! Keep up the great work!!

from:  Mani Desik
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 10:29 IST
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