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Funeral parlour owner, 80, commits suicide

By Neminda Samarajeeva
A 80-year-old man committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train soon after he sent a message to his family saying that he was dead, an inquest was told.
The body of Suwarisge Victor, the proprietor of a funeral parlour at Nilpanagoda, was found last Tuesday near the rail track at Daraluwa, Gampaha.
The inquest heard that Victorís son Suwarisge Nihal, 42, had complained to Police about a week ago that his father had gone missing.

According to evidence led before the Inquirer into Sudden Deaths Gampaha, K M P D Rajapaksa, Victor had walked into a communication centre at Bemmulla on the day of the incident and persuaded a woman employee there to call his home and inform the family that he had died.
His son, who had answered the call, had said he did not believe the news adding that his father might be playing a joke and had inquired from the woman whether Victor was in the communication centre with her.
On being answered in the affirmative, the son had told the girl to tell Victor that he was arriving there immediately in a vehicle to pick him up.

After a few minutes, Victor had told the girl he wanted to have a cup of tea and walked out promising to be back soon.
He was seen walking towards the Daraluwa railway station. Later, after disappearing behind a plantain tree grove alongside the rail track, he had jumped in front of the Polgahawela-bound express.
Victorís son, testifying at the inquest, said he rushed to the communication centre too late and that his fatherís body was found later.

The driver of the Polgahawela-bound 9.30am express train, Dickson Weeraratne, said he saw a man coming out of a plantain tree grove and jumping in front of the train on August 24, but he could not bring the train to a halt on time to save his life.
Gampaha JMO Dr AKM Jayawickrema said Victor died from grievous head injuries.
The inquirer returned a verdict of suicide.