Ranni: The untimely death of CM Chandy, a pastor of the Church Of God denomination in Poovanmala Village near Ranni, and his two daughters has left many locals in a state of shock.
Chandy, his children Blessy and Feba, died after their car skidded off the road and fell into a nearby stream swollen with rainwater in Pathanamthitta. The accident happened when the pastor was taking the children to college.
Chandy, hailing from Idukki, was a familiar face among the locals and was the pastor at Poovanmala church for almost a year. The church members recall the pastor as one of the most beloved individuals in the community for his exemplary mannerisms and personality traits.
It was Chandy who used to take his daughter Feba, a final year BCA student, to Mar Gregorios College in Parumala. The death of Feba had left her classmate in tears and teachers struggled to console them. The school authorities were a good acquaintance of the pastor and kept a close relationship with the family.
Meanwhile, the locals said that the car fell into the stream while trying to overtake a private bus. They claimed that bus employees hadn't taken any effort to save the family despite being the first to notice that a car had fallen into the stream.