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N.P. Mohammed laid to rest with State honours

By Our Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE JAN. 3. N.P. Mohammed, celebrated novelist, who died early today in a city hospital, was laid to rest with State honors this evening. He was also the chairman of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi.

The burial took place at Kannamparambu this evening. There was a steady flow of friends and admirers to NP's residence at Azchavattam soon after the news of his demise became known.

His had been a striking presence in the State's cultural scene for nearly five decades and as a mark of respect to the departed writer all State Government-sponsored programmes scheduled for the day in the city were cancelled.

Leading lights of the State's cultural scene reached NP's residence to pay their last respects. Among them were the novelists, M T Vasudevan Nair, UK Khader and P Valsala, the playwright, K T Mohammed, the critics, Sukumar Azhikode and M M Basheer, the chairman of the Kerala Film Development Corporation, P V Gangadharan, the vice chairman of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi and short story writer, U K Kumaran, and district officials. .

The Minister for Information and Parliamentary Affairs, M M Hassan, who was in Kozhikode to inaugurate a programme of the official language committee, was at NP's residence, representing the State Government.

Wreaths were placed on behalf of the Government by the Minister and the District Collector, T P Sooraj.

In a condolence message, the Minister recalled his long association with N P Mohammed and his father, NP Abu, who had been a Congress leader and frontline activist during the freedom struggle in the erstwhile Malabar.

Mr. Hassan said NP Mohammed's contribution to Malayalam literature and Malayalam language was invaluable. NP's writings also contributed to the development of the Muslim community at a time when it had been socially and educationally backward in the erstwhile Malabar region.

The deputy leader of CPI legislature party and MLA, Binoy Viswam, in his condolence message, said NP had been a literary genius whose narrative skills and power of observation lent his works the stamp of originality. NP had been a true secularist, Mr. Binoy Viswam said.

The Kozhikode District Library Council held a condolence meeting.

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