The sad demise of Captain Lakshmi, the great freedom fighter and humanist, is a big loss to the people of Anakkara village near Kootanad because she had long years of bond of affection with her Vadakkath Tharavad, where she was born, and the people of this remote village in Palakkad district bordering Malappuram.
She also took keen interest in the welfare of the people and started teachers training school, library and hospital etc., at Anakkara.
One of her colleague in the INA and neighbour Appu Nair said that she was always interested in social work and to help the people of Anakkara.
She made it a point to visit the Tharavad every year and spent a few days in the ancestral house.
A large number of mourners visited Anakkara Vadakkath Tharavadu to pay homage to Lakshmi Sahgal on Tuesday. CPI (M) district secretariat member P. Mammikutty inaugurated an all-party condolence meeting at Aanakkara Junction. The speakers recalled the great sacrifices made by Captain Lakshmi for the freedom movement of the country.
Kanpur: Lakshmi Sehgal, a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, died on Monday in Kanpur. The 97-year-old who was the first captain of Rani of Jhansi Regiment, the women's wing of Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army, had been ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment at the Kanpur Medical Centre.
Sehgal was admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack on Thursday and her blood pressure dropped alarmingly low on Friday. Her body will be donated to a medical college.
Sehgal was the Left Front candidate in the 2002 presidential election, but she lost to APJ Abdul Kalam.