KOCHI: He couldn’t bear the grim tidings that reached him. Such was his grief that he collapsed and had to shifted immediately to the hospital on Tuesday. For Padman, the physical education teacher of SRV School, Sudheesh S was one of his favourite students.
The teachers at SRV recalled that it was Padman sir who had convinced Sudheesh’s parents to allow him to participate in handball events. “Padman encouraged him to make a career in handball. He used to say that Sudheesh has good reflexes needed by a handball goalkeeper. He was above average in studies. Sudheesh used to consult Padman before taking part in each event. After hearing about the death of his favourite student, he broke down and had to be shifted to the hospital,” Rajendran G, Sudheesh’s class teacher, said.
The teachers added that the PE teacher too had gone to Malappuram to cheer his students. It is being said that Padman had asked Sudheesh to not go with his friends after the match. But the kid left with his friends after seeking his parents’ permission.
Lucky Sooraj Mourns Friend
For Sooraj it was a lucky escape. He escaped narrowly from the accident which claimed the lives of four. Sooraj was grief-stricken and couldn’t control his tears when he came to know that his classmate and friend Sudheesh did not survive the accident.
“I was sitting in the middle seat of the Tavera. Sudheesh was sitting beside me. Everything happened in just a few seconds. I could not see anything. It was around 11.30 pm.
''The car was moving at high speed. It hit something but I could not see anything. After the accident, people soon gather around and rescued us. I was taken to the hospital. I have some bruises on my legs. In the morning I was discharged and returned home,” Sooraj said.