Socialist leader Alunkal Devassy, who passed away on Friday, tests COVID-19 positive
Kochi: Senior socialist leader Alunkal Devassy (80), who passed away on Friday, has tested positive for COVID-19. He was undergoing treatment for age-related ailments at a private hospital in Ernakulam. He was declared COVID positive in the antigen test that was conducted on Friday.
One of the family members of Devassy is currently under treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. It is being examined whether that is the source from where Alunkal Devassy contracted the disease. His funeral will be held adhering to all COVID protocols.
He entered the domain of politics through ISO, an independent student organisation. He served as the state secretary of students union while he was at Maharajas college and at Government Law College. Later he became a district committee member of Socialist party. He was arrested in 1975 during emergency and had to spend nearly 20 months in jail. He also served as the labour union leader of companies in the Kalamassery area including FACT, Apollo and IOC.
He contested against TM Jacob, representing Janata party, in Piravom constituency during the assembly election in 1977. And in 1991, he fought against PP Thankachan in Perumbavoor constituency for Janata Dal party.
He served as the Ernakulam district president of Janata party for a long time. He also served as state vice-president of Janata Dal (S)and Socialist Janata (Democratic) parties.