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Suicide of Covid-19-positive migrant worker may haunt his children for years, Singapore News

Suicide of Covid-19-positive migrant worker may haunt his children for years, Singapore News
The three girls had thought their father died in an accident. Last week, they found out that Mr Alagu Periyakaruppan, 46, had killed himself, a traumatic discovery that could haunt them for years. Last Friday, State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam ruled the Indian national's death as a suicide. He had been a construction worker here since 2009. On April 19, he...

Last Friday, State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam ruled the Indian national's death as a suicide." State Coroner Kamala described Mr Alagu's suicide as one that was not predictable nor preventable.State Coroner Kamala said that detecting suicide risk was "extremely difficult" and extended her condolences to Mr Alagu's family.His nephew, who worked for the same employer and lived in the same dorm, said Mr Alagu called him on April 21 to ask him to help take care of his family and ensure his children receive a good education.

Feeling something was amiss, he probed his uncle further, but Mr Alagu would only said that everything was all right as he would recover soon.Five days later, in the pre-dawn hours of April 23, he recorded two videos on his mobile phone, one of which explained what he was going to do.

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