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A few minutes back, Com. P.V.Chandrasekharan, Patron of AIBDPA intimated me the sad news of the passing away of Com. K.A.Velayudhan, a leader of AIBDPA and a valiant fighter of the BSNLEU.
Com. Kochu Velayudhan, as he was fondly called by our comrades, was very active in the BSNLEU and held many ofice-bearers posts in the union. He was victimised several times for his union activities including participation in the strikes. His main centre of activities was Ernakulam-Cochin area. I met him last time at the Circle Conference of the AIBDPA at Ernakulam about six months back. We discussed about organisational matters and issues of Pensioners.His wife, Com. Karthyayini, who is also a very active worker of BSNLEU and AIBDPA, was also present.
We have lost a very experienced and militant leader. I express my deep sorrow. I express my heartfelt condolences to Com.Karthyayini and other family members!