Unable to pay huge power bills due to imposition of FSA, an ailing powerloom weaver committed suicide by hanging in Vemkampet locality of Sircilla textile town on Tuesday.

Reports reaching here said that weaver G. Prabhakar (42) was into production of polyester fabric on his own three pairs of powerlooms. He hired additional three pairs of powerlooms on rent to produce the cloth. Even before he could count his profits came the monthly power bill shocker of Rs. 60,000 which included the FSA.

He reportedly complained to his relatives and neighbours about the huge bill before resorting to the extreme step. He is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

Protests by trade unions and leaders

The powerloom trade unions particularly, the CITU, which had been crusading against the imposition of FSA on powerlooms in Sircilla town, launched protests against the suicide of the weaver. Cutting across party lines, leaders of various political parties including the Congress, TDP, TRS, BJP joined the protest against the FSA on powerlooms.