Sullia: Mahabala Kiran (30), serving as a lecturer in the department of Mechanical Engineering at KVG College of Engineering here died in a ghastly road mishap that took place at Adkar on the outskirts on Tuesday.
Hailing from Varambudi in Yetadka near Mulleria in Kasaragod district, he was on his way home after classes. When he reached Adkar, about seven kilometres from town, an Eicher lorry ahead of him took a sudden turn to a bylane. Most of the transport lorries operate without brake-lights or indicators. The bike rammed into the lorry and he was thrown off to the road.
The bike too got smashed and its fuel tank burst and caught fire. The petrol splashed on the bike and on his person too got fire leaving no chance to save himself. Immediate neighbours and traders tried to douse the fire but by then he had already died.
On hearing the news, Sullia circle inspector B S Satish, sub-inspector H V Chandrashekhar rushed to spot and investigated the incident.
Kiran was a popular lecturer, having served at KVG for the last 7 years. He was the general secretary of the college Alumni Association and was busy making preparations for an alumni reunion being planned to be held in Madikeri on Feb 27.
He is survived by his father, wife and a two-and-a-half-year-old child. He had married only four years ago. He was the sole issue of his parents.