However, police personnel, after being alerted, rushed to him and foiled his suicide attempt.
Investigations revealed that the victim attempted self-immolation to get attention from the authorities and police to prevent illegal mining of sand from Sangu Samuthira Kanmoi near Karaikudi.
The problem of illegal sand mining in this waterbody has been growing for a long time now. Initially, when the issue cropped up some months ago, several people raised objections to such illegal acts of sand mining and to an extent, detained an earthmover.
At the intervention of officials concerned, the agitated people were convinced after being ensured that action would be taken against such acts. Moreover, a ban on lifting sand from this waterbody was also imposed.
However, the problem recurred on Sunday when few earthmovers were spotted mining sand from the waterbody. A group of people lodged protest against such act. Meanwhile, two women with kerosene containers threatened to commit suicide if the illegal mining was not prevented. The police personnel pacified those women. In the wake of these incidents, some people took to Siruvayal road near Karaikudi and blocked vehicular traffic near Pandian Nagar check post, demanding the police to arrest those indulged in such illegal mining. Traffic was disrupted for some time. Later, the crowd was pacified and dispersed. However, Kundrakudi police have filed a case against the functionary of the CPI against his self-immolation attempt and also against 10 others for disrupting traffic, sources said.