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City Mourns Its Godfather

The city turned up as one to mourn the loss of the great man. The vaccum left behind by this great personality will never be filled

Published: 06th December 2014 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2014 06:08 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Around 9:15 am on Friday, a casket bearing the mortal remains of Justice V R Krishna Iyer arrived at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium at Kadavanthra. By the time the mortal remains of the stellar personality arrived, a long line of people had formed in front of the stadium.

The heartbreaking display of affection and respect shown by the students of Keezhmad Blind School, Aluva left many mourners gasping with choked up emotion. Justice Krishna Iyer has an unbreakable connection with the blind school. He had donated `10 lakh for the construction of a blind friendly park at the school. The innovative park is the only one of its kind in Kerala.

“He used to spend quality time with the children of the school. He used to interact with the students and also enjoyed the meal that we prepared whenever he visited our school. Also, our children used to present him gifts on his birthday. For his last five birthdays the children presented him with gifts. It is truly a great loss for our children. They are understandably downcast,” said the school administrator Johnson Joseph.

The children placed a wreath and sang a prayer song for the loving soul whom they never saw with their eyes.

Children from Janasheva Shisubhavan, Justice Iyer was a patron, also came to pay their last respects. Moolampilli evictees came holding placards declaring their love and respect for the great man. His constant companions,  personal assistant Ramanadhan and stenographer Chandrika could be seen at their usual place beside him.

“Now I do not have to ask for leave,” said an emotional Chandrika. “I never took a full day leave. He would say ‘I have two articles to write and another to type. It would have been better if you could show up for one hour’. Now I do not have to seek permission for leave,” she said.

At 4 pm, his mortal remains was taken to his residence ‘Sadgamaya’ for the final rituals. From there he was taken to Ravipuram Crematorium where he was laid to rest.

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