Tiruchirapalli, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

The mortal remains of senior Communist Party of India (Marxist), Leader and former member of party's politbureau and a Central Committee member R Umanath, who died at private hospital here, was cremated at an electrical crematorium here today. He was 91.

His wife and former MLA Pappa Umanath, had died a few years ago.

He is survived by two daughters- namely Vasuki, party's Central Committee member, and Nirmala Rani, a practicing advocate at Tiruchirapalli. Umanath was born in 1921 at Kasarcode in Kerala.

Since 1940 he was a full-fledged and a devoted party worker.

He had served a nine year and six months jail term during the British rule on charge of hatching a conspiracy to topple the colonial rule through violence.

Thereafter, he led several agitations for the cause of the working class and farm workers.

He visited several countries, including the erstwhile Communist Bulgaria and Yugoslavia and Australia, among others.

He had represented Pudukkottai in the Lok Sabha twice from 1962-1967 and 1967 to 1970.

He also represented Nagapttinam in Tamil Nadu assembly twice- from 1977 to 80 and 1980 to 1984.

Earlier, the leader's body was placed at Venmani Illam, party's Tiruchirapalli district headquarters office, where score of people and leaders of various political parties paid their homage to the departed soul.

In the condolence meeting among others included party's politburo members Brindha karat, S Ramachandran Pillai, Seetharam Yetchury, A K Padmanabhan, M A Baby, Subhashini Ali, Sudha Sundar raman, Tripura State Industries Minister Jijendra Chowdry.

Also Maharastra State CPI(M) secretary Ashok Dawle, Haryana state CPI(M) secretary Inderjit Singh, B M S Girewal (Delhi), Party's Rajya Sabha member T K Rangarajan, Party's State Secretary G Ramakrishnan, CITU leader Soundirarajan MLA and other leaders of the party and also various leaders of other political parties paid their tribute to departed leader and recalled his service to the working class and the farm workers.

Earlier, the funeral procession was taken out from the party office to Oyaamari electrical crematorium on the south banks of the river cauveri.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)