Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary C.K. Chandrappan is dead.
Chandrappan (76), who had been fighting cancer for the last over a year, died at a private hospital around 12 noon. He was admitted to a private hospital at Kochi when he developed complications while campaigning in the Piravom by-election and later shifted to Thiruvananthapuram.
A three-time member of Parliament, Mr. Chandrappan was first elected State secretary of the CPI when his predecessor Veliyam Bhargavan demitted office over a year ago. He was re-elected to the post at the recently held party State conference in Kollam.
Widely respected for his amiable ways and brilliant mind, Chandrappan was born on November 11, 1936, as the son of C.K. Kumara Panicker, one of the frontline fighters in the legendary Punnapra-Vayalar uprising.