Pourakarmika ends life

A pourakarmika ended his life on Sunday evening, allegedly over non-payment of wages for a year.

S. Subramani, 38, was working as a sweeper in Dattatreya Temple Ward. His family alleged that he took the extreme step as he was unable to pay the school fees of his two children.

The family produced two petitions reportedly found on his person on Sunday, both addressed to KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao, who is also the local MLA.

In one, he complained that the BBMP had not paid him wages for the past seven months, and in the other, he accused a contractor, under whom he had worked, of cheating him of five months wages, as well as ESI and PF. “He had worked without salary for over a year, first under a contractor and later under the BBMP direct payment scheme from January 2018. He was running from pillar to post to get his salary to make ends meet,” said Kavita, his wife, who works as a domestic help.

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