‘Vilakkumthara' restored

Tributes:K. Sudhakaran, MP, leading the offering of floral tributes to the memory of freedom fighters after inaugurating the reconstructed historical Vilakkumthara, lamp post platform, in Kannur on Wednesday.  

Special Correspondent

KANNUR: A lamp post platform here that was witness to several historical events and was found demolished seven months ago has been reconstructed.

K. Sudhakaran, MP, formally opened the newly reconstructed platform with a lamppost and paid floral tributes to the freedom movement that the structure symbolises.

The platform had been demolished on August 23 last, drawing protests from political parties and other organisations.

‘Vilakkumthara' had been erected in 1918 by the family of the late industrialist and freedom fighter Samuel Aaron and the place where it was located is still known as ‘Vilakkumthara Maidan' though the maidan in the Cantonment area, which houses the barracks of the Defence Security Corps and the 122 Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Army, had been walled in years ago for the construction of Central School here.

The Salt Satyagraha procession led by K. Kelappan in 1930 had been accorded a reception at the Vilakkumthara Maidan and the participants had courted arrest from the spot.

The platform has been restored by the Samuel Aaron Trust as a memorial to the events in the past.

Inaugurating the reconstructed platform, Mr. Sudhakaran said the public came to know of the historical importance of the platform after it was demolished.

Trust secretary Susheel Aaron presided over the function. Municipal chairman B.P. Farooque, Cantonment chief executive officer M.P.R. Tripadhi, P.P. Lakshmanan and North Malabar Chamber of Commerce president Maheshchandra Baliga were present at the function.