Tirunelveli, August 16: The Tamil Nadu government presented a special bravery award to the elderly couple who shot to fame after a CCTV footage of them fighting with armed robbers went viral. According to an Indian Express report, the Chief Minister of the state Edappadi K Palanisamy awarded Shanmugavel (70), a lemon wholesale dealer, and his wife Senthamarai (65), an award of Rs 2 lakh in cash and gold medals during the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the state. Elderly Couple Fights Robbers With Plastic Furniture in Tirunelveli District, Watch Video.
The elderly couple in Tirunelveli district gave a tough time to intruders who came to loot them. The incident took place on Sunday in Kalyanipuram village of Kadaiyam block. One of the robbers tried to choke Shanmugavel. In the meantime, Shanmugavel's wife came out running to save her husband. The couple then fought bravely with the thieves armed with knives and sickles. They fought bravely with slippers, plastic stools, chairs, and buckets and finally managed to shoo away the masked attackers.
Check the video of the elderly couple fighting with robbers:
Their names were recommended for the government's bravery and courage award. The couple were taken to Chennai on Wednesday by air to meet the Chief Secretariat.