Unexpected fall of Sriram Vekitaraman; Hero turns killer overnight
Thiruvananthapuram: Sriram Venkitaraman IAS became a hero among the youngsters of Kerala after he took firm action against the land encroachers when he was serving as Devikulam sub collector. Having an intense passion for driving, Sriram turned a villain in a single day after his overspeeding car driven under the influence of alcohol killed journalist K. M. Basheer.
The media that showered praise on him once started blaming him. Social media celebrated Sriram’s quotes about alcoholism and traffic awareness as trolls. Sriram had secured 770th rank in medical entrance and enrolled for MBBS in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. Later, he attempted civil service without any special coaching. In 2013, he secured second rank in civil service examination.
Sriram has served as Pathanamthitta assistant collector, Thiruvalla RDO and assistant secretary in the ministry of food in Delhi. The government appointed him as Devikulam sub collector in July 2016. After two months, he examined the survey documents and haunted the land mafias. He earned a lot of fans through his brave act. But the local political leaders started complaining about him.
Two MLAs including minister M. M. Mani and MP from Idukki turned against Sriram. At last, the government disowned him. Even the chief minister publicly admonished him. When there were assumptions that Sriram was supported by CPI, it led to clashes between CPM and CPI. In the end, Sriram was thrown out of office.
He was confined in the position of Employment and Training Director in Thiruvananthapuram. But he won a scholarship and went abroad for higher studies. The government welcomed him back by appointing as Survey Director on Thursday. While he was on his way after celebrating the joy of his new appointment, Sriram Venkitaraman let loose in a blink the dignity he earned through all these years.