A senior IAS officer in Tamil Nadu has become a Twitter hero after he spent a night in a graveyard to protect "evidence".

Senior IAS officer U Sagayam has been appointed by the Tamil Nadu High Court to probe a multi-crore granite scam in Madurai.

As part of the investigation, the senior officer on Saturday approached the local police for exhuming bodies of victims, who were allegedly sacrificed by a granite quarry operator.

When the police refused to exhume the bodies on Saturday, the IAS officer decided that he would spend the night at the graveyard to protect the "evidence".

The Hindu, citing government officials working with the IAS officer, reported that Sagayam was worried that the graveyard would be tampered with.

Despite the assurance by the local police officials and revenue officers, the officer was at the graveyard located in E-Malampatti near Melur till late morning.

On Sunday, the remains of four people including that of a baby were exhumed. It is alleged that a granite quarry operator killed the people as part of human sacrifice and buried them there in 1999.

The bones would be sent to forensic laboratory in Chennai and the evidence gathered from it would be presented before the court, a police officer told ChennaiOnline.

Sagayam found a huge support on Twitter with thousands of handles sending out tweets under hashtag #standwithsagayam.

The hashtag #standwithsagayam has been trending in Tamil Nadu since 13 September with social media users even asking him to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu to save it from the corrupt politicians.

Twitter Reactions

Arun kumar ‏@Mrcoolak 

We ll b always wit u SIR _/_
#Salute #respect #Sagayam #IAS

rameshuna ‏@rameshuna 

@standwithsagayam Are you supporting?#StandWithSagayam i am always supporting to Mr.Sagayam Sir.

sathisguru.m.c ‏@mcsathisguru 

#StandWithSagayam One Man Army!!!

prabakaran ‏@PrabakaranAP 

In order to #saveTN from corruption and scam, it s only possible when Sagayam Sir will becomes a CM of TN. #StandWithSagayam

Renga Mani King ‏@rengamani_srt

#standwithsagayam hatsoff you sir the real hero... — feeling proud