Freedom fighter and founder leader of the Communist Karshaka movement Edayilliam Kunhi Krishnan Nair died at his residence at Perumbala, near here, due to age related ailments on Friday.

He was 91 and had been keeping indifferent health for some time. He was the first secretary of the Communist party Perumbala cell after it was floated here in 1942. A retired school teacher, Mr. Nair had served the Communist party in various capacities and stood in the forefront of various agrarian struggles.

Enthused by the freedom struggle, Mr. Nair had taken part in the 1942 Quit India movement while he was a student of the BEM School here. He was dismissed from the school for taking part in the 10-day educational bandh as part of the Quit India struggle.

Cremation held

Mr. Nair is survived by his wife and four daughters. He is the maternal uncle of Communist Party of India State Secretariat member E. Chandrasekharan, MLA.

The mortal remains were cremated on his residential premises in the evening.