The elderly couple from Tirunelveli district, who recently fought armed robbers with plastic chairs and slippers were given special bravery award by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Independence Day.
As per the visuals recorded in CCTV camera, an armed robber first tried to attack Shanmugavel, then sawing this Senthamarai, his wife who was inside the house came out and started attacking the robbers by hurling slippers, stools, chairs at them.
The couple said that there were prepared for an attack anytime because their farmhouse was located at the edge of the village, which is very close to the forest.
“It is a five-acre land and we are living here for the last 40 years. We were acutely aware of the fact that we were susceptible to any kind of attacks from robbers because our house was isolated from the rest of the village. When I was getting beaten, I immediately began to make loud noises, so that I could get my wife's attention. I knew it didn't have to make any sense. It was just to bring her to the house’ entrance," said Shanmugavel.
When asked about how Senthamarai was able to react immediately to the attack, she replied that how she can to watch when someone is hurting her husband.
The couples were awarded with Rs 2 lakh in cash and gold medals by the Chief Minister for their act of bravery in chasing away the two robbers who tried to attack them.
Other awardees who were honoured are ISRO Chairman K Sivan with APJ Abdul Kalam award by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the contribution to scientific development, students’ welfare and humanity. The Kalpana Chawla award for courage was given to P Ramyalakshmi, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Cuddalore.