THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lukose Vadakottu Oonnunni was planning to return home next month and had bought a mobile phone as a gift to his daughter who secured full A-plus in her plus-two examinations. Destiny had other plans as the Velichikkala, Adichanalloor (Kollam district), native died in Wednesday’s fire. He was among the two Kollam natives whose death was confirmed on Thursday, the other being Sajan George, 29, of Vazhavila near Narikkal in Punalur.
Lukose, 48, alias Sabu of Vadavottuvilayil has been working as a supervisor with NBTC for 18 years. He is survived by his wife Shiny, 42, children Lydia, 18, and Louis, 10, father Oonnunni, 85, and mother Kunjamma, 80.
Lydia wanted to pursue a career in nursing and Lukose was planning to get her an admission in a reputed college during his visit next month.
Velichikkala ward member Aleyamma Johnson said Lukose was very generous and helpful to all in his neighbourhood. He had helped several people financially and in other ways on various occasions.
Meanwhile, Sajan left for Kuwait 45 days ago after obtaining a job as a junior engineer in NBTC. His family was very happy after he got the job and he had sent his first salary to father George Pothen on June 5.
After completing MTech, Sajan had worked with a private firm at Adoor for five years till he landed the NBTC job. Sajan’s sister Ancy, 25, who is a nurse by profession, had migrated to Australia 18 days ago. Sajan was very social. He had cast a vote in the Lok Sabha polls as well.
Arun went abroad to pay off debts
Valiyamala native Arun Babu, 36, of Thiruvananthapuram, went abroad eight months ago to clear his financial liabilities and find money to build a house in his five-cent land, which he had bought at Kuryathi in Uzhamalakkal panchayat.
Babu was living in a rented house at Laksham Veedu Colony near Kuriyathi with his mother, wife, Vineetha, 32, and two daughters Ashtami, 14, and Ameya, 3. Some four years ago, Arun had bought the land during his first Gulf stint, but he had to return home after losing job during Covid period.
On his return, he worked as a driver in the panchayat office and as a loading worker at Kuriyathi for some time. As debt mounted, he went abroad again.
The family was happy when he got a job as a purchase driver in NBTC but it did not last long. “Arun had been missing since Wednesday morning and our attempts to contact him failed. On Thursday, we received a call from Kuwait confirming his death,” said Kuriyathy ward member Raji T S. He was planning celebrate Onam with his family.