Thrissur: Ambulance workers came to the rescue of two women who were being attacked by a 41-year-old man near Swaraj Round in Thrissur district. The assailant Jomon V, a native of Bhoothathankettu near Kothamangalam, was arrested by the police.
The alleged incident was witnessed by ambulance driver Johnykutty and his aide Shibin Siddharth when they were returning after taking an accident victim to the district hospital. As they neared the MG Road in the heart of the city around Tuesday midnight, they saw a man trying to assault the two women.
The women, who were part of a gypsy group from Tamil Nadu, were asleep by the roadside when the man pounced on them. The attacker, who was high on drugs, had chased away other people who were with the women. He even used a piece of marble as a weapon.
Shibin got down from the ambulance to stop the attack but the assailant stabbed him with the sharp marble piece. Seeing this, the driver switched on the ambulance siren, awakening the entire neighbourhood. He also managed to disarm the assailant by hitting him with a stick.
People, who came out after hearing the ambulance siren at the unearthly hour, caught the assailant, tied him up and dumped him inside the ambulance. He was then handed over to the police.
The ambulance belonged to the Accident Care and Transport Service or (ACTS).
Johnykutty is a resident of Kottayam and Shibin is from Kunamkulam.