Sullia: Narayana Rai, who heralded the rural transport revolution, ends her life
Daijiworld Media Network – Sullia (SP)
Sullia, December 15: Narayana Rai (66), owner of Avinash Motors, who was popularly known as the man who heralded the rural transport revolution in the region, ended her life, revealed on Tuesday (December 14th). He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Rai committed suicide while alone in his home in Aramboor. In an obituary left behind, he cited the reason for the shocking decision as poor health.
While his wife and children went to attend a wedding in Bangalore, Rai was alone in his house. A young relative was staying with him on this occasion. At around 11:45 p.m. on December 13, he sent a WhatsApp message to his sister Nalini, who runs the transport company, in which he said he decided to leave all his relatives behind. Since it was late at night, she only checked the message the next morning and called the youngster who was with Rai on the phone. However, he did not receive the call. She then contacted relatives and asked them to visit her brother immediately. Relatives went there and, with the help of the young people staying there, checked Rai’s room and found that he had ended his life.
Rai, after graduating from high school, started his own business and then worked as a driver at KSRTC. He later opted for voluntary retirement and began operating buses for the roads. It had 18 buses, a few of which also served Mangaluru and Bengaluru. However, in the recent past he had confined himself to managing rural bus services on his own. He had issued free bus passes to many students. A few months ago, he suffered a paralysis attack.
In the death note, Rai mentioned that he is struggling to live due to health issues. He said he did not want to create problems for his loved ones and therefore decided to leave the world, it is said. He also mentioned that the buses should not stop operations due to his death, but that they can run with black flags.