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Lakshmikutty Amma dead

Lakshmikutty Amma dead

Velathu Lakshmikutty Amma, who led the historic Velur Manimalarkkavu ‘Maru Marakkal’ agitation, died of age-related illnesses here on Monday. She was 102.

The end came around 3 a.m.

She was at the forefront of the agitation in 1952 at Velur in Thalappilly taluk of Thrissur where landlords traditionally insisted that women should participate in a ‘Vela’ festival at a temple without their chests covered.

Velur canal agitation

She also took part in the Velur canal agitation of 1948 against the exploitation of labourers during the construction of a canal from the Vazhani dam. The leaders of this agitation, A. S. N. Nambeesan, C. P. Francis and K. S. Sankaran, had contributed to the growth of the Communist movement in the district.

An activist of the undivided Communist Party, she later moved to the CPI(M).

She chaired talks in New Delhi between officials and the Fangur Federation Society, a toddy workers’ cooperative.

The then President Rajendra Prasad and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru took part in the talks.

People from different walks of life paid their last respects to Lakshmikutty Amma.

CPI(M) district unit secretary A. C. Moideen placed a wreath on the body.

— Special Correspondent

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