MADURAI: The 136th birth anniversary of freedom fighter V.O. Chidambaram was observed by the JD (Secular) by garlanding his statue at Simmakkal on Wednesday. K. John Moses, State general secretary, presided. The Congress Seva Dal observed the anniversary at Harveypatti. N. Ramadas, State organising secretary, presided. R. Chockalingam, former general secretary, Madurai urban district Congress committee, garlanded the portrait of V. O. Chidambaram. VOC’s statue was also garlanded by members of Kaviarasu Kannadasan Narpani Mandram. The freedom fighter’s son, V.O.C. Valeswaran, released a book, ‘Thyaga Tiruuruvam V. O. Chidambaranar.