Recently, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa honoured a youth in the district who saved several lives by cutting water supply to some villages when he found that the water had been poisoned. S Vijay of Pikkili village saved 15,000 people from drinking toxic water, Jayalalithaa honoured him with a cash award of Rs 1 lakh on December 10 last year.
On Monday, T Anbazhagan of Payarnatham village, who is tank operator, mixed four kilogram of insecticide in drinking water to get similar reward from the chief minister, Dharmapuri district superintendent of police Asra Garg told TOI.
After mixing poison in the water, he alerted the villagers and the villagers thanked him. The tank operator told the police that he saw an unidentified person escaping from near the tank when he went there to release water at 3am on Monday.
"Initially, we didn't suspect the tank operator as he is a partially differently abled person. But when we checked with a fertilizer shops at Bommidi, one of the shop owners informed us that a partially differently abled man had purchased four kilos of insecticide called Thimete," Garg said, adding that they had obtained duplicate receipts from the shop.
"Having that receipt as evidence, we conducted a detailed inquiry with the tank operator. Initially he refused to admit to the crime. But finally he confessed to his crime after a detailed interrogation," he added.
In his confessional statement, the accused said he mixed the insecticide in the water to get a reward from the chief minister.
Anbazhagan was produced before a judicial magistrate at Harur that remanded him in judicial custody.