Hyderabad: A 26-year-old unemployed tribal youth died in the early hours of Friday, a week after he consumed pesticide. Identified as Boda Sunil Kumar Naik, he was a student of Kakatiya University.
Depressed over the state government's failure to issue job notification, he consumed pesticide a week ago in Warangal. After battling for life, he breathed his last at Hyderabad's Nizam Institute of Medical Science Hospital.
Hailing from Tejawat Ramsingh Thanda of Mahabubabad district, he was putting up at a private hostel near the Kakatiya University.
He took the extreme step after the government announced an increase in the retirement age of its employees. The move could adversely affect the employment prospects of the youth.
He had shot a video of himself after consuming pesticide on March 26. In the video, he rued that the Telangana government is not issuing job notifications to fill up existing vacancies. He said that he had been waiting for five years for the job notification. He said he had tried for a job in the police in 2016 but did not succeed. He blamed Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao for his death
Villagers prevented the police from shifting the body and refused to perform his last rites. His body was kept in the ambulance, parked on the outskirts of the village, till late night.
Naik's death led to an outcry from political parties which demanded that the government should immediately start filling up vacancies. They demanded Rs 1 crore as ex gratia for Sunil's family.
Congress spokesperson Sravan Dasoju said it was a black day in Telangana. Sunil Naik, who dreamt of becoming a Collector, was going to a burial ground just because of the blatant failure of KCR and K.T. Rama Rao, who have been doing politics on the dead bodies of Telangana fighters.
BJP state president Banda Sanjay Kumar expressed anguish over the police not allowing Sunil's body to be carried to martyrs statue near the Assembly. He said police insulting the unemployed youth.
Meanwhile, Tribal Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod assured a government job for a member of Naik's family, a double bedroom house, and Rs 1 lakh as immediate relief.