Another innocent life lost – Yadaiah’s suicide ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Congress, CPI, Hyderabad, JAC, Mulki, politics, PRP, regionalism, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, youth.
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Behind suicide, no job, a bagful of dreams
New Indian Express, Feb 22, 2010
Hyderabad: Among the six persons who have committed suicide, allegedly over the Telangana issue, the case of 19-year-old Siripuram Yadaiah stands out. He lost both his parents in childhood and grew up in the V M Home for Orphans at Kothapet. He studied up to class 10 and dropped out of school to become a photographer in a private photo studio when he was 16 but quit soon.
Drifting aimlessly, a year ago he landed a job as a cashier at Satya Restaurant in Kothapet. On February 20, at 2 pm, after protesting students who were halted by the police at Vidyanagar decided to abandon their efforts to break the police cordon and proceed to the Assembly, Yadaiah took out a bottle of petrol from his bag, doused himself and lit a match. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning at the DRDO Apollo Hospital.
Yadaiah was neither a student of Osmania University nor a member of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is leading the agitation. He was among the scores of bystanders cheering the students’ protest march on Saturday. But his self-immolation, and those of five others before him, is a grim reminder that more Telangana youth have started to believe that all their troubles would be over with the formation of a new Telangana state. And, significantly, youth who are jobless or have dropped out of school, or, unable to perform well in studies, would do anything for a few moments of glory.
Yadaiah apparently had a penchant for photographing himself with politicians and VIPs. In his bag, the police found an album in which there were photos of him with several persons, including Home Minister Savita Indra Reddy who is MLA from Maheshwaram, the mandal where Yadaiah was born
“He came prepared for it. The suicide note in his bag shows that he was frustrated due to lack of proper employment. He wrote that a separate Telangana state would ensure jobs for hundreds of youth like him and that he was immolating himself in protest against the delay in formation of the new state,” says police inspector Srinivasa Rao of the Nallakunta police station where the case is registered.
“Don’t stop this movement till we achieve Telangana. I am giving my life for this cause today. People like me would get jobs if we have a separate Telangana state,” Yadaiah wrote in Telugu in his suicide note.
On January 20, Suvarna, 18, a first year student hailing from Kothakota mandal in Mahabubnagar district, committed suicide. She left behind a suicide note saying she was afraid a separate Telangana may not be formed and was thus ending her life. But police officials later claimed that she had fallen behind in her studies and was apprehensive about her performance in exams.
Similarly, Venugopal Reddy was found charred in OU two weeks ago. He allegedly committed suicide as he could not bear the thought of Telangana not being formed.
Prof B S Rao of the Psychology Department of Osmania University who is also the coordinator between the OU administration and protesting students says that self-immolations and suicides by pro-Telangana state are a manifest of frustrations over various issues.