Wednesday June 20, 2012
Engineer leaves RM12mil to CM
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Compiled by BEH YUEN HUI, LOSHANA K. SHAGAR and A. RAMAN
A 24-YEAR-OLD software engineer in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, committed suicide, leaving his Rs200mil (RM12mil) wealth to Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, reported Malaysia Nanban.
J. Sathyanarayana, described as a loner who rarely mingled with others, had written in his suicide note on Sunday that he was lonely.
The engineer at a major IT firm had asked for a transfer to live with his mother after his father passed away in 2007. However, his mother died a few months ago.
Surprised that he had left all his wealth to the chief minister, his relatives said Sathyanarayana had never expressed his political leanings when he was alive.
Determined to keep the wealth within the family, they contended that it actually belonged to their ancestors and could not be given away.
> Tamil Nesan reported that two boys, sold off as bonded labourers to a cattle owner by their mother in Kalpar Village near Erwadi, Tamil Nadu, had managed to escape.
Their rescuer Veerammal, a businesswoman, subsequently helped them submit a petition at the District Land Office to be freed.
One of the boys, Kumar, 12, said they only saw their mother P. Eluvakkal when she turned up to collect money from the cattle owner.
The boys complained of being treated like slaves by the cattle owner, who feed them porridge every day and made them live with the goats.
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