Chennai: A differently abled man died on the spot at Vellore after being buried alive in sand.
According to police of Vellore district, Thangavel( 28) hearing and speech impaired and a resident of Valarpuram village in the district, went to Nandi river near Arakonam along with other four workers to dig the sand.
It is a regular practice for workers to dig the sand and carry it on bullock carts. On Thursday also, when they were engaged in sand mining, sand caved in and they were buried. The other workers could be rescued, but Thangavel died on the spot. It took two hours to take out the victim from the sand mound, police said. Three other injured workers are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city.
Local residents said they were illegally mining the sand from the river. The body of Thangaraj was sent to the Vellore government hospital for postmortem. The Arakonam police have registered a case.