Before the trees were cut: He pleaded, cried to the workers cutting down the trees. He even protested on the road. His, words according to people who drove by were "They are closer to me than my children. I have seen them grow old from a sapling. Please don't kill them" The man had apparently taken care of those trees and was deeply fond of them. People who saw him mentioned that he was tottering old man, maybe around 80 years old. He was pleading to the workers with tears running unashamedly down his cheeks and literally was mourning the impending loss of a child. The night before, he had taken the train from Bangalore to Madras when he heard the news that the trees might be cut. He came down to save those trees.
There are people and then there are people.