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Homage paid to Sujanapal

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The former Minister A. Sujanapal was cremated with State honours at the public crematorium on Mavoor Road at 1 p.m. on Friday. His son, Manu Gopal, lit the funeral pyre

Thousands of people paid homage to the popular leader when his body was kept for public viewing at S.K.Pottekkatt Cultural Centre, District Congress Committee Office and the Town Hall earlier. The body was kept for the public to pay homage at his residence at Pottammal at 9 a.m. and later taken to the DCC office by 10.30 a.m. It was moved to the Town Hall by 11.30 a.m.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran; parliamentarians P.C. Chacko, M.K. Raghavan, M.I. Shanavas, E.T. Muhammed Basheer; MLA A.Pradeep Kumar; Mayor A.K.Premajam; the former Mayor M. Bhaskaran; DCC president K.C.Abu; UDF district convener M. Veerankutty; Kannur DCC president P. Ramakrishnan; Socialist Janata State president M.P. Veerendrakumar; BJP State president V. Muraleedharan; the former KPCC presidents Thennala Balakrishna Pillai, C.V. Padmarajan, N.P. Moideen, K.P. Noorudheen; the former ministers M. Kamalam, K. Ramachandran Master, P. Shankaran, M.T. Padma; KPCC secretary N. Subramanian; Film director V.M. Vinu; actor Mamu Koya; president of the State Sahitya Academy P.Valsala; writers M.N. Karassery, Akbar Kakkattil; political leaders P.K.K. Bava, Satheeshan Pacheni, U.K.Bhasi, P.J. Poulose, A. Balaram, P.M. Suresh Babu and Adam Mulsi; were among those who paid their last respects to the multifaceted personality who indulged in social and cultural issues, literature and art besides politics.

Speaker G. Karthikeyan and Minister for Culture and Welfare of Scheduled Castes A.P. Anil Kumar visited the house of the deceased to offer their condolences to the family.

Mr. Sujanapal died on Thursday at a private hospital here.

He is survived by wife and two children. He was 61.

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