A post on the official Facebook (FB) page of State police on Monday observing the 105th anniversary of the first accident death in Kerala has gone viral.
The post has been liked by more than 11,000 Facebook users and shared by another nearly 2,000 in less than 24 hours and is still counting.
The post is a throwback to the accident that took place near Kayamkulam on September 20, 1914 involving Kerala Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, whose literary pursuits won him the title Kalidasa of Kerala. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.
The car in which he was returning to his palace at Thiruvananthapuram after offering prayers at Vaikkom temple met with an accident at Kuttitheruvu Junction near Kayamkulam, the post said.
His nephew A.R. Raja Raja Varma was also along with him in the car but escaped unhurt. The accident happened when the driver of the car tried to evade a stray dog that crossed the path.
The victim was taken to a nearby house where he was given water before being rushed to the palace of A.R. Raja Raja Varma at Mavelikkara where he breathed his last while undergoing treatment.
The post also shares the extracts regarding the accident from Raja Raja Varma’s diary.
Quoting the diary extracts, the post said that the car fell on the side where the victim was seated and the right side of his body next to heart probably smashed against the car or the ground. While Raja Raja Varma and the driver escaped unhurt, the aide of the victim ended up with a fractured leg.
He was rushed to the palace where the doctor attended to him immediately but died two days later, the post said quoting Raja Raja Varma’s diary.
“We chanced upon the anniversary of the accident through a social media post of one T.R. Anilkumar who has been duly credited in our post. We collected further details since it was a piece of history with a curiosity factor,” said an officer associated with the social media cell of the police about the popular post.