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Raghavan cremated with State honours

By Our Staff Reporter

THRISSUR, OCT. 28. The body of the late CPI leader, V. V. Raghavan, was cremated with State honours at the Laloor electric crematorium in the outskirts of Thrissur tonight.

Hundreds of people from various walks of life including the Speaker, Therambil Ramakrishnan, the Forest Minister, K. P. Viswanathan, the CPI State secretary, Veliyam Bharghavan, the CPI Legislature party leader, K. P. Rajendran, MLA, the former Speaker, V. M. Sudheeran, the CPI(M) district secretary, E. P. Jayarajan, were present at funeral ceremony, which began at 10.45 p.m.

The supporters of late Raghavan shouted slogans as the body was consigned to flames at the crematorium built using the MP fund of Mr. Raghavan. The public and the close relatives of Mr. Raghavan were given opportunity to pay their last respects. Earlier, a large number of people had thronged the Chelat Lane area to have a last look at the body of the departed leader when it was brought there in the evening. The District Collector, Premachandra Kurup, placed a wreath on the body on behalf of the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, and the district administration.

The body was brought to his residence to enable family members and neighbours to pay their homage. The body was then taken to the district office of the CPI.Later, it was kept in front of the Thrissur Corporation office to enable the general public to pay their last respects.

Tearful farewell

Our Special Correspondent adds from Thiruvananthapuram:

Hundreds of people paid a tearful farewell this morning to the former Minister, V. V. Raghavan, who died here on Wednesday evening, as his body was taken to Thrissur for cremation.

People from different walks of life, including Ministers and senior political leaders, paid their last tributes to the communist veteran at the M. N. Smarakam, the State headquarters of the CPI, where his body draped in red flag was kept for public viewing from early this morning.

Public viewing

The body was received at the CPI headquarters by party leaders and workers led by J. Chitharanjan, MP, at 8.25 a. m. and kept there for public viewing till 10.15 a.m.

Among those who paid tributes to Raghavan at the CPI office were the former Chief Ministers, A. K. Antony and K. Karunakaran, the Leader of the Opposition, V. S. Achuthanandan, the CPI(M) State secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, the RSP national general secretary, K. Pankajakshan, Ministers, P. K. Kunhalikkutty, K. M. Mani, Vakkom Purushothaman, M. V. Raghavan, K. K. Ramachandran Master, M. K. Muneer, Babu Divakaran, N. Sakthan and A. P. Anil Kumar, the RSP State secretary, T. J. Chandrachoodan, the BJP State general secretary, K. Raman Pillai, former Ministers, E. Chandrasekharan Nair, T. M. Jacob, G. Karthikeyan and M. M. Hassan, leaders including K. Muralidharan, V. M. Sudheeran and M. A. Baby, and MPs, P. Karunakaran, K. Suresh Kurup and Manoj Kurisinkal.

The body was taken to Thrissur by a specially decorated open Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus accompanied by several cars. The CPI State secretary, Veliyam Bhargavan, also left here for Thrissur by train to attend the funeral.

UNI adds:

Condoled

The Rajya Sabha Deputy chairman, K. Rahman Khan, today mourned the death of V. V. Raghavan. In his message to Raghavan's family, Mr Khan said his death was a great loss to the country.

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