With deep grief and sorrow it is intimated that Comrade K.Chandran, senior leader of the P and T Trade union movement and also of the Pensioners movement, passed away today at Kozhikode. He was 83.

Joining the Telegraph Office, Calicut as a boy peon at the age of 16, Com. Chandretten, as he was respectfully called by all his colleagues, retired from service in 1989. He has been the District Secretary and also a Circle Office-bearer of the T.III Union (NFPTE). In all the strikes since 1960 he has participated and was suspended and victimised heavily.

He had deep knowledge about the trade union movement, both national and international. He was very active even till the last moment in the pensioners movement, especially AIBDPA.

I have a long association with him while I was working at Calicut. His commitment to the union and co-workers was beyond description. He stood with the workers and defended them at all costs.

His death is a great loss to the trade union movement and personally to me.

My Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family – wife Smt. Shyamala, sons Manoj Kumar,Shaju and daughter Minimol. Condolences to his comrades and friends.

Red Salute to Com. K.Chandran!