Kochi: Sacked arbitrarily from Veekshanam, photographer Bhupathi had died without being paid his salary arrears despite numerous requests to PT Thomas from his deathbed, said another former employee, Martin Menocheri, in an open letter posted on his Facebook page.
Bhupathi, who staff photographer with while PT Thomas was MD, had Rs 84,000 in salary and other arrears due to him, when he was suddenly asked to leave without apparent reason. Bhupathi had died recently after prolonged ailments of kidney and liver.
When struck with illness, Bhupati had initially met with Congress leaders including Oomen Chandy and Mullapally Ramachandran directly pleading to be paid with his salary dues. Later when became bedridden and was dying, his relatives too made similar attempts requesting for salary arrears on his behalf. All leaders turned a deaf ear to their pleas however. "After meting out such inhumane ordeal, why is PT Thomas shedding crocodile tears ?," asks Martin.
He concludes the post saying, if PT Thomas had shown a fraction of the zeal he now flaunts for a CPI(M) family, the Veekshanam employee’s family would have been spared of starvation and suffering.