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Hours after wife’s death, man climbs up transformer to end life

Hours after the death of his wife, a 25-year-old youth attempted to commit suicide by climbing up an electrical transformer here on Tuesday.

Hours after wife’s death, man climbs up transformer to end life


The incident occurred on the premises of the Madurai Collectorate around 2 pm. Minutes after he climbed up the transformer, he allegedly came in contact with the transformer, which suddenly sparked fire and threw the victim away. He fell down as soon as the transformer sparked fire. However, the victim, identified as P. Sakthi, resident of Mela Urappanur, Thirumangalam, and military personnel, was later rescued by his relatives and those present on the premises and admitted to Madurai GovernmentRajaji Hospital.

The victim suffered burns over his right arm and to his chest. But, the patient is out of danger as he suffered only 10 per cent burns to his body, sources said. Investigations revealed that Thenisha (19) of Sithargalnatham village, Nilakottai taluk of Dindigul district, who got married to Sakthi some three months ago, had allegedly consumed poison in her house on Monday after being frustrated by family dispute.

Sakthi often used to quarrel with Thenisha demanding more dowry. A week ago, Thenisha returned to her mother’s house at the village after relationship between her husband strained over alleged dowryharassment.

On January 5, Sakthi’s mother moved up to the village and engaged in a dispute with Thenisha, who ultimately got frustrated over this issue and consumed poison.

Thenisha was admitted to the Madurai GRH on Monday, but declared dead around 6 am on Tuesday. Nilakottai police have filed a case under Section 174 of CrPC following her death.

Meanwhile, Thenisha’s death prompted an RDO inquiry and Sakthi, her husband, was summoned to appear before the inquirycommission.

When Sakthi along with his relatives approached the Madurai Collectorate for the inquiry, the dejected Sakthi all of a sudden climbed up the transformer to end his life fearing police action, sources said. Tallakulam police have filed a case.

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