An autorickshaw driver committed suicide by setting himself ablaze.The deceased has been identified as Philip, a Vaduthala native. Before lighting him up, he had poured petrol over two other people, but they manage to escape with injuries.
The incident was at Shanmugam Road in Pachalam in Kochi.On reaching a shop in Shanmugam Road, Philip poured petrol over the shop owner Pankajakshan and a person named Jerry who was in the shop. After this, he poured petrol over himself before lighting up. Pankajakshan and Jerry suffered major burns and they were admitted to a hospital.As per sources, both are in a critical state.