Abhimanyu's death: Dreams of a poor family shattered in an instant

Two others were injured in an alleged attack by the workers of the Campus Front and its parent outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) inside the Maharaja's College, Ernakulam, campus last night.

Published: 02nd July 2018 12:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 02:14 AM   |  A+A-

Abhimanyu (20), a SFI leader, who was stabbed to death allegedly by NDF workers.

Express News Service

IDUKKI: Manoharan, 58, and his 50 year old wife Bhoopathy, residents of Vattavada near Munnar in Kerala's Idukki district, are virtually shattered and destined to face the worst patch in their lives as the couple lost their 20-year-old younger son, the only hope of the family, after he was murdered by some Campus Front activists at Maharajas College, Ernakulam on Sunday night.

Abhimanyu is the youngest of the three children of the farmer couple, belonging to the Mannadiyar community, who earn a living by doing farming and agriculture in the village. After passing his Higher Secondary from Government Higher Secondary School at Koviloor, Abhimanyu was eager to get a job so that he could help his family and take the burden off from his father's shoulder and so he joined BSC Chemistry at Maharajas College, Ernakulam. He always wanted to provide a helping hand to his parents who were ageing now. Slowly he was able to step into his much-desired role but death snatched away Abhimanyu leaving behind only his memories.

Born in 1998 Abhimanyu has waded through many difficult phases of his life. His desire to contribute to the family earning grew after he saw his father Manoharan toiling hard and his brother Parasith helping him, leaving schooling, and his sister Kawsalya working at a textile shop at Perumbavoor, far away from home.

Abhimanyu's colleagues at the Koviloor HSS School recollect that he had a deep desire to serve his parents. "He now wanted them to live a life free of miseries and wants. He wanted to come out of this vicious cycle of poverty," they said.

Abhimanyu, an enthusiast in politics became the district committee member of SFI three years ago. Vattavada SFI local area secretary Sekhar told the Express that Abhimanyu had been a strong warrior having firm decision and stern political ideologies." He was more active in the party than his father, who is also a party member in CPM. He would often volunteer himself for the humanitarian jobs. He was at the forefront when the party faced with any challenge. Such a brave soul he never ever complained about the poor economic conditions his family faced," he said.

Abhimanyu's brother Parisath dropped his schooling to send Abhimanyu to the college and to find money for his educational expenses. Abhimanyu had plans to marry her sister off to a wealthy family and call her back from work, once he gets job. But now everything feels like devastated. His death has left a big void and the family under the open sky vulnerable to the pangs of life. 


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  • venkateshwar aA.P.

    ban students associations at colleges, and at universities, it is waste and students are fighting and losing their lives.
    3 years ago reply
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