President of Madurai unit of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front M. Thangaraj passed away here on Tuesday.

Thangaraj (47), who had met with a road accident on Sunday, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital. He is survived by his wife Tamil Selvi, and two children.

He had been associated with the front since its inception in 2009 and played a vital role in bringing to light the “untouchability wall” constructed to isolate Dalits in Uthapuram near Usilampatti in 2009.

Thangaraj was very active in identifying and raking up issues pertaining to the oppression of Dalits in the southern districts.

All India Forward Bloc MLA P.V. Kathiravan, front State office-bearers P. Sampath and S. Samuel, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders M.N.S. Venkatraman, C. Ramakrishan and B. Vikraman were among those who took part in his funeral at Nathapatti in the district.

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