Karnataka: While everybody had taken an off on May 1 because of International Labour Day, Shivakumar was on his duty sincerely.
Accompanied by his son, Shivkumar was delivering pressure cookers manufactured from an industrial estate to a shop at Huliyaru, Karnataka. It was when the father-son duo was about to reach their destination that Shivkumar suffered a cardiac arrest.
It was noon and they were about 97 km away from where they started, the 10-year-old son, Puneerth, who was sitting alongside his father displayed the immediate presence of mind and swung the steering wheel to prevent an accident.
As per reports, even though there was no accident, Shivkumar drew his last breath right beside his son. Puneerth, who is a student of class 5 at a government primary school at Allalasandra, broke into tears when he realised his father was no more.
Shivkumar chose to work on May Day but his wife Munirathnamma chose to take a leave. “She works in a garment factory at Goraguntepalya in Bengaluru and the factory had declared leave. We have not informed her about her husband’s death as of yet,” Gowramma, a relative, told The New Indian Express.
“He was a good man and focused on his job always. It’s unfortunate that he died at a young age leaving behind his family,” said Tejaraju, a neighbour.
Huliyaru police sub-inspector named Lakshmikanth notified TNIE that it was a natural demise and hence the body will be released.
We salute the courage and presence of mind shown by the little boy in such a heartbreaking moment and we hope the family gets the strength to cope with the untimely demise.