Surender, a resident of Banjerwadi at Kulsumpura, had been working as a conductor with the TSRTC for over 14 years. From the time the employees went on strike on October 5, he was actively participating in the protests and activities.
On Sunday he returned home in the afternoon feeling very upset. He had availed a loan and constructed a new house. But as the employees were not paid their salaries for the month of September 2019, he was worried. The thought of the EMI for the loan added to his burden, pushing him into a state of depression.
Around 8 pm, he allegedly hanged himself with a plastic rope in his room. His family members found him and shifted him to a nearby private hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival. His body was then shifted to Osmania mortuary for the post mortem examination.
The incident ignited protests all over the state, with the employees voicing their demands more strongly. So far, two employees have committed suicide since the strike came into force. Two other allegedly died of cardiac arrests due to worrying about their jobs. A woman employee's husband also passed away worrying about his wife's job. Another Two employees attempted suicide, but their attempts were foiled.