Kadapa district Congress vice-president Sirigireddy Gangi Reddy allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Yerraguntla late on Monday. He was 55.
The police have recovered a suicide notice from the spot and he cited that he is taking the extreme step after he tested positive for Covid-19. The police have sent the body to a government hospital for post-mortem, as reported by Times Now.
The 55-year-old Congress leader was admitted to a private hospital in Proddaturu after he was tested positive for the coronavirus. He reportedly went missing from the hospital on Sunday following which a police complaint was lodged.
The Congress state working president N Thulasi Reddy issued a statement expressing condolences to the family and calling the death a setback to the party.
“Congress party Kadapa district vice president Sirigireddy Gangireddy’s sudden death is very shocking. He was a very active worker, good orator, and good worker for the party. He used to work on labour issues. He was a brave person. But he lost emotional balance after knowing that he is corona positive, and jumped before a train and and died,” ANI quoted his as saying.
“It is very hard to come to the terms with the fact that he is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. I pray that his soul rest in peace. His demise is a great loss to Congress party and labourers,” he added.
As many as 30 instances of suicide by COVID-19 patients or their family members have surfaced in Andhra Pradesh since the coronavirus pandemic in March this year.
In Andhra Pradesh, 92 new COVID-related fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,460 while the case tally surged to 3,71,639. Chittoor is the worst-affected district in terms of fatalities with 352 deaths so far, followed by Guntur (346), East Godavari (343) and Kurnool (337).