Kanpur, July 24 : As a huge crowd bid her the final farewell, veteran freedom fighter Captain Lakshmi Sehgal’s body was today taken to the GSVM medical college here where it would be donated for research.
The body of Sehgal, who passed away yesterday at the age of 97, was taken in a procession from the McRobert hospital.
Suhasini Ali, daughter of the freedom fighter and CPI(M) leader said, “as per her last wish we have donated her eyes and her body would be donated for medical research and handed over to the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College”.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat, CITU general secretary Tapan Sen, AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundararaman, CPI(M) Central Committee member P K Sreemathy paid their last respects.
Also present were Comrade Lakshmi Sehgal’s daughters, Subhashini Ali and Aneesa Puri and other relatives.
Thousands of common people, including workers, women, school children and people from all walks of life participated in the last journey.
Political leaders from all parties like SP, BJP, BSP, Congress also paid homage to the departed revolutionary leader.
Union Minister Vyalar Ravi, Sehgal’s filmmaker grandson Shad Ali and other prominent media personalities paid their tributes at her last farewell.
Karat remembered the leader as a “highly politically motivated human being who fought injustice wherever she saw it…She served people with every ounce of strength”.
Yesterday, after her demise, leaders from across the political spectrum lauded Sehgal’s contribution to the country.
Sehgal (97), who was part of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, breathed her last at a private hospital at 11.20 AM yesterday. She was admitted to the hospital on July 19 after she suffered a heart attack at her residence in the Civil Lines area here.