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Madikeri: Congress leader, vintage car collector P C Ahmed Kutty dies after tree branch falls on him


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Madikeri, Jun 10: The heavy winds and rains in south Karnataka and parts of coastal Karnataka claimed the life of a 68-year-old vintage car owner and Congress leader P C Ahmed Kutty Haji on Saturday June 9. According to the Siddhapura police, Haji was doing the rounds at his coffee estate 'Mubarak' at Nellihudikeri at Somawarapet taluk, when at around 11 am, a tree branch fell over his head and killed him instantly.

Police sources added that while the plantation workers tried to rush Haji to Siddhapura primary health centre, he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to the sources close to the family, Haji's body will be taken to his native at Kanhirode in Kannur for burial.

A mechanic both by passion and profession, Haji is known to have a collection of over 100 vintage cars dating back to the British era, majority of which he inherited from his father who had a passion for motor-cars. "Aston-Martin, Ford, Morris, Mercury and Standard Herald, all the cars were in mint and running condition. Besides, Haji also had unique collection of bikes, Royal-bullock-cart, projector, clocks," Prasad, a local resident says.

While initially, Haji used to encourage educational tours to student of local schools and college, his popularity later drew visitors from all over the globe. "It was to accommodate the footfall, Haji curated a museum at Nellihudikeri. Car enthusiast, film actors, politicians and foreign delegates would beeline and make it a point to drop in at this museum to see these rare cars," Prasad adds.

However, despite his fame, Haji was known to be a grounded person and a loyal Congress worker who carried out social service.

He is the brother of PC Asainar Haji, the vice-president of Karnataka Congress Minority Committee. Ahmed was an active Congress worker and worked as vice-president of Siddhapura Muslim Jamath committee for several years. Haji is survived by his wife and son Ahraf.

Kodagu deputy commissioner PI Sreevidya has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to Ahmed Haji’s family.


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  • abdulla, india

    Mon, Jun 11 2018

    may his soul rest in peace.. very sad.
    tragedy..
    Can the govt set up
    Clinics/hospitals fully functional ..all well staffed.. with Equipments..Ambulance..paramedics etc.
    in each and every Town level..?

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2018

    I have visited his museum in 2014. It is absolutely delight to ones eyes to see so many Vintage cars lined up in mint conditions.
    Let me tell you one thing, his house or office at entrance has a door made of wood with beautiful design, that door itself would cost around 5 lakhs.

    He is indeed a rich guy with acres of estate land and Vintage cars which will easily fetch him 100's of crores if traded.

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  • SMF, Mangalore,Dubai.UAE

    Mon, Jun 11 2018

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return.
    He was called by Allah the almighty on holy month of Ramadan hope his journey hereafter will take him to haven.
    JaiHind

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    Being a social worker that money will be diverted in his memory.
    RIP Ahmed Kutty ...

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  • Leslie, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    RIP to the departed soul

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  • Sendilkumar, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    Dear Deputy Commissioner, Why should govt give RS. 5 Lakh to his family ? who is having collection of over 100 vintage cars & coffee estate in Kodagu ? Another lady died in Belthangadi due to the heavy rain. Did Karnataka govt announce Rs. 5 Lakh to her family ? Law or govt aids are same for all ?

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  • arsh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    brother,

    he is entitled for that compensation under disaster relief fund.. the compensation under that does not differentiate if a person is poor or rich.. .. the govt is entitled to pay..

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  • Harsh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    brother, that's exactly what sendilkumar asked, if disaster fund is applicable to rich and poor then what category the lady from beltangadi belong?

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  • Sunil Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2018

    Then the policy is flawed. The money is meant for the needy when they loose a bread winner in the family. Anyways, incident is a real stroke of I'll fate....RIP

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raajiun

    Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return

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  • Narayan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jun 10 2018

    Indeed a true leader and a good human being we lost...

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