Man ends life by jumping into own funeral pyre in Kollam

Kollam: A 68-year-old man allegedly died by suicide by lighting his own funeral pyre at Puthur, here, police said on Thursday. Vijayakumar, a native of Maranad, was found charred to death in his ancestral property.

The deceased had been suffering from some ailment and could not go for work for some time, police said. His sister, who is living alone in a house on the property, noticed a blaze at midnight and thought that wood might have caught fire accidently.

She also doused it with the help of another relative living in the neighbourhood. In the morning, they found the body, they said.

A suicide note, allegedly written by Vijayakumar, was recovered by the police. In the letter addressed to his friend, the deceased man said he was ending his life as he was unable to work anymore due to his health condition, they added.


(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Please seek the help of a mental health expert if you are in distress. Contact toll free number: 1056)

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