A video grab shows P. Shanmugavelu and his wife Senthamarai fighting off the robbers.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami presented special bravery award to an elderly couple from Tirunelveli district, who recently fought armed robbers with plastic chairs and slippers.
Palaniswami awarded the couple — P. Shanmugavelu and his wife Senthamarai — with Rs 200,000 in cash and gold medals for their exemplary act of bravery in chasing away two robbers who had attacked them with machetes at their home.
Their act of bravery was recorded in a CCTV camera. As per the visuals, an armed robber first tried to strangulate Shanmugavelu. While he was trying to free himself, Senthamarai, who was inside the house, came out and started attacking the assailants by hurling stools, chairs at them.
Meanwhile, Shanmugavelu freed himself and also started attacking the robbers. Seeing the couple fighting bravely, the two robbers ran away.
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