Ex-CPM state secy Kodiyeri Balakrishnan succumbs to cancer

Balakrishnan, a prominent CPI(M) leader from Kerala, had stepped down as party state secretary in the last week of August on account of poor health.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

CHENNAI: CPM politburo and former party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan died in Chennai on Saturday.

He was diagnosed with cancer and had been under treatment at Apollo Hospital since August 28.

Balakrishnan, a prominent CPM leader from Kerala, had stepped down as party state secretary in the last week of August on account of poor health. Balakrishnan, who had served as home minister in the V S Achuthanandan government from 2006 to 2011, had become party state secretary in 2015.

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