Young engineer ends life in Kozhikode as flight ban delayed US return

A special relief flight of Air India airlifted 99 US citizens stuck, in Hyderabad on Apr 7, 2020. The flight, which took off from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), carried the US citizens to Mumbai, from where they will be further connected with Delta Airlines from Mumbai to their final destination in the US. In coordination with the US Consulate and the Telangana State government, a group of 98 adults and one infant US-bound passengers arrived at the airport from various parts of Hyderabad. All these passengers were serviced through the fully-sanitized main passenger terminal building, which has been kept ready for evacuation operations. Special screening and safety measures were in place during the flight's handling to protect against the COVID-19 threat including thermal screening prior to terminal entry, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements at all passenger processing points.The airport, shut for regular commercial operations from March 22, has so far handled three evacuation flights. (Photo: IANS)

Kozhikode: A young US-based Keralite engineer killed himself by jumping into a river here.

Police claim he was frustrated over the continuing ban on overseas flights owing to the COVID-19 pandemic that prevented him from reporting back for work.

The deceased is Saras Chandran, a native of Kozhikode.

Police suspect he was upset over the prolonged delay in going back to the US.

Saras had left home on Saturday morning saying he was proceeding to his brother's shop at Kurudimukku.

A police complaint was lodged as he didn't return that day. In the subsequent search, his passport and suicide note were found on the banks of Mutthambi river.

The body was found on Monday morning after a search by the Police and Fire and Rescue Brigade.

The deceased's wife, Shibla, is an MD student in the US. The couple has a 5-year-old son.

The three had arrived together from the US.

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