Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala minister Aryadan Mohammed passed away at a private hospital in Kozhikode on Sunday morning.
Aryadan, 87, was ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment in a private hospital. His body will be brought in Nilambur and would be kept in his residence for the public to pay their last respects. The funeral will be held at Mukkutta Valiya Juma masjid, Nilambur at 9 am on Monday.
Born on 15 May 1935, Aryadan Mohammed was one of the prominent Congress leaders in Kerala. He joined Congress in 1952 and became KPCC member in 1958. Mohammed was an accused in the murder of CPI-M leader Kunhali. However, the court acquitted him in the case.
Aryadan was elected to the Kerala Assembly from Nilambur constituency eight times and he served as a minister for four times in the cabinets headed by various Chief Ministers.
Aryadan’s death was mourned by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Opposition leader VD Satheesan, Muslim League leader PK Kunhalikutty and others. Rahul termed Aryadan’s demise a great loss to Congress.
Gandhi took a break from his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra and visited Aryadan’s residence in Nilambur and paid his last respects to the departed leader. He reached Aryadan’s residence along with AlCC general secretary KC Venugopal, Opposition leader VD Satheesan and other Congress leaders.