Politicians interrupt business plans; expat ends life
Kollam: Sugathan (64) an expatriate who returned to his native place at Pathanapuram allegedly committed suicide, disheartened by failure in launching his business. It is alleged that some politicians interrupted his plans to start a workshop.
He was found hanging on Friday morning inside a shed erected for the proposed workshop.
Sugathan’s helper found him hanging in the shed. Three other ropes were also found near his body. His acquaintances reported that he might have planned to commit suicide with his wife and two sons.
Sugathan had started construction of a workshop in a plot taken on lease from a native of Ilambal. After completing the construction of a shed here, CPI and AIYF activists allegedly opposed the work stating that the land was a paddy field and it should not be used for any work other than agriculture.
This land near Pineapple junction at Ilambal was a paddy field but the owners levelled up the land in 2005. Many buildings including an auditorium were constructed here after converting the paddy field. A part of this area on Kollam-Thirumangalam road was left abandoned and it is not suitable for farming now.
Though Sugathan approached many politicians seeking help, nobody was ready to help him. He has spent Rs 3 lakh for the workshop work here.
He was working abroad since 35 years. His sons Sujith and Sunil Bose were also working abroad. After returning from a Gulf country, the family decided to settle in their native place and decided to start a workshop.
According to Kunnicode police, Sugathan’s relatives alleged that he committed suicide after feeling disheartened by political opposition to his business plan.
Meanwhile CPI Kunnicode secretary Jose Daniel said that neither CPI nor its associated groups are involved in the death of Sugathan. He noted that though the party opposed against conversion of paddy fields, it has no link with Sugathan's death.