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Freedom fighter and Gandhian K.E. Mammen died at the NIMS Hospital at Neyyattinkara here on 26 July 2017Wednesday. He was 97. He was in the forefront in the anti-liquor agitations in the State. Mammen, a bachelor, has also participated in the Quit India protest and stir against Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer.

Born to K.C. Eeppen and Kunjandamma in the famous Kandathil family in 1921 on July 31, he was the sixth child among the seven children.

As a student, Mammen saw the independence rebellion closely. He became active in the freedom struggle while in college. Mammen became the President of Travancore Students Federation while studying in Arts College. He was jailed for urging students for participating in the freedom struggle at Thirunakkara, Kottayam.

C. Kesavan’s famous speech “Kozhencherry Speech”was a turning point in his life. He couldn’t complete his education in Arts College following his lashing out at Sir CP in a public meeting. Though he tried for admission in Maharajas College, he was denied admission.

Later, he completed his intermediate course from St. Thomas College, Thrissur. In 1940, he joined for graduation in Madras Christian College. But following his participation in the Quit India agitation, he was expelled from the college.

In 1943, he returned to Kerala and became active in the national movement activities. At the age of 22, Mammen shifted his residence to Thiruvalla. For a long time, the epicenter of his activities were at Thiruvalla and Kottayam.

In 1996, he came back to Thiruvananthapuram. He lived embracing Gandhian principles and thus he had no house, savings or vehicle.