Youth critical after suicide bid; Police yet to arrest accused
Kozhikode: Days after a youth attempted self-immolation as he was not allowed to earn a living by driving an autorickshaw, the police are yet to arrest any of the accused.
The Elathur police had registered a case against 10 CPM activists based on a complaint filed by the youth’s wife. The police are saying that investigation is undergoing. The youth who is in critical condition is undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.
The youth was identified as Rajesh of Elathur. He was eking out a living by collecting mussels and clams. As Rajesh found it difficult to make ends meet, he decided to buy an autorickshaw on loan. After buying the vehicle and procuring the permits, Rajesh went to the Elathur auto stand hoping to make a living as a driver.
According to the complaint, other autorickshaw drivers who are members of CITU, the trade union wing of CPM stopped Rajesh. An argument broke out between them and at one point the other drivers attacked Rajesh. They also threatened to kill Rajesh’s wife who is suffering from health issues.
Local residents also said that Rajesh bought the autorickshaw to support his family which was reeling under severe financial constrain.
However, the CITU members reportedly asked Rajesh to show them the permit before parking his autorickshaw at Elathur stand. As Rajesh said there was no need to show them the permit, the CITU members got infuriated and attacked Rajesh.
Not involved, says CITU district leadership
Meanwhile, the CITU district leadership denied involvement in the issue. C.P Sulaiman, a district secretary of CITU said it was coordination members who spoke to Rajesh when he came to the Elathur auto stand. “Members of all political parties are involved in this. The BJP is playing a political game regarding the incident," he alleged.
(Warning: Suicide is not a solution. If you are in a crisis seek the help of a psychological counselor or Call toll free helpline number: 1056)