Though the indefinite strike launched by the powerloom owners of Sircilla against the fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) for about three weeks ended recently without any assurance from the government, it reportedly claimed the life of a powerloom weaver on Thursday reportedly due to unemployment and increasing debts.

Reports reaching here said that the powerloom weaver G. Vishwanatham (65), a resident of B.Y. Nagar reportedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling of his house, due to unemployment and being unable to eke out his livelihood. The ailing weaver was unable to get employment since last three weeks and incurred debts and was unable to mobilise money for his treatment and resorted to the extreme step, it is reported.

He lost his wife three years ago and was living with his relatives. AITUC leader S. Mallesham termed the incident as “sad and unfortunate”.

He said that the weavers were denied of jobs since last three weeks following the strike by the owners.

It may be recalled that the CITU had called for strike against the FSA and the AITUC had vehemently opposed the strike in the interest of weavers and their wellbeing.