Freedom fighter and veteran Communist P. C. Kurumba died at the Irinjalauda Cooperative Hospital on Wednesday. She was 98.

She was in the forefront of the Kuttamkulam, Paliyam, and Nadavarambu agitations. For mounting agitations for right to freedom of movement and raising her voice against untouchability, she had suffered extreme police brutality.

She had teamed up with activists such as K.V. Unni, P.K. Chathan, P.K. Kumaran. P. Gangadharan, Puthoor Achutha Menon and V.K. Kali in agitations to improve the lot of the downtrodden. She was arrested for campaigning for the Communist Party and reportedly tortured by the police.

She was allegedly disrobed in the police station in the presence of fellow male activists.

Few women activists in Kerala history had suffered extreme police brutality as Kurumba and Koothattukulam Mary did.

The body was kept at Nadavaramba for the public to pay homage. Hundreds of activists, including CPI(M) district secretary A.C. Moideen and CPI district secretary C.N. Jayadevan, paid their last respects.The body was cremated on the premises of the residence of Kurumba’s sister at Nadavaramba.

CPI State unit secretary Pannian Ravindan said that Kurumba was a model revolutionary.

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