Published: 11th January 2021
Job loss during lockdown, school bus driver died by suicide
Sreekumar was found charred in an auto rickshaw near the Chembala L'ecole school at Sreekaryam where he was employed as a driver
A school bus driver who was in depression over job loss during the lockdown, committed suicide by immolating himself in an autorickshaw at Edavacode near Sreekariyam in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. The police identified the deceased as Sreekumar, 57, a native of Maruthoor.
According to police, Sreekumar was found charred in an auto rickshaw near the Chembala L'ecole school at Sreekaryam where he was employed as a driver. The local residents found the autorickshaw burning around 8 am. Soon after, they alerted fire force. Though the fire force rushed the spot and contained the fire, Sreekumar's life could not be saved. The police said they received a statement from Sreekumar's friends and colleagues that he was under depression after the school had fired him and his wife Bindu who was also a maid (Ayah) in the school during the lockdown.
However, the school authorities came forward and said that they had reinstated Sreekumar and his wife last week. Sreekumar was living by running a rented auto rickshaw since he lost his job. He was working as a school bus driver reportedly for the last 16 years. He was fired six months ago and the school management had reportedly fired 61 people including drivers and maids. Sreekumar's wife was a maid in the school. "Prima facie, we have concluded that it is a suicide. However, we can confirm it only after the post-mortem examination. Sreekumar was bankrupt and he was disappointed over that," said Abhilash David, Sreekaryam CI. Reports said that Sreekumar was disappointed when he returned to school recently realising that he was not reinstated. The colleagues in the school demanded compensation for Sreekumar's family and sought immediate intervention from the District Collector. The police shifted the body to the morgue of the medical college hospital after completing the inquest proceedings.