People pay homage to Kodiyeri at Kannur district committee office | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kannur: People swarmed the residence of CPM leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in Thalassery on Monday morning to get a glimpse of their beloved leader for the last time.
On Sunday, the body was brought to Kodiyeri's residence in Thalassery and was shifted to the CPM district committee office in Kannur by 10 AM on Monday.
The body is currently placed in the district committee office for the public to pay homage before being moved to Payyambalam beach at 3 PM.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the funeral at Payyambalam beach where Balakrishnan will be cremated near the memorials of former chief minister E K Nayanar and former CPI(M) state secretary Chadayan Govindan.
Payyambalam beach is known for the memorials of some of the most prominent social and political leaders of Kerala including Nayanar, Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai, A K Gopalan, Sukumar Azhikode, Govindan among others.
A memorial for Balakrishnan will also be erected there, party sources said.
The body will be taken to Payyambalam beach from the party district committee office as a funeral procession and the cremation is expected to take place at 3 pm.
Senior party leaders, including cabinet ministers, and other political party leaders, will pay their last respects here. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will also visit the district committee office to pay final respects.