THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A high drama prevailed in front of the secretariat when a youth climbed a tree and threatened to commit suicide if he was not given government help. The police and the fire force had a tough time for nearly an hour when the youth identified as Vimal Raj, who climbed the neem tree refused to come down. He was on strike in front of the secretariat demanding a loan from the government.
Clad in a T-shirt and pants, he tied a rope on his waist and climbed the tree by 8 am. Sitting atop, he wrote in a piece of paper that he lost his job in panchakarma centre in Delhi and Rajasthan due to speech disorder and spent nearly 5 lakh for treatment. I need government help for treatment and to look after my family. He wrote in the letter that he was not allowed to enter the secretariat and meet the chief minister.
The passengers and security employees of the secretariat informed the police after seeing him sitting in the tree adjacent to the bus stop of the MG Road. He refused to come down despite repeated requests by cantonment police. By the time the fire force tried to bring him down using a ladder, Vimal came down through another branch. He was later taken to the station and then admitted him at the general hospital.