KOCHI: They stood steadily in front of the police, unfazed by the guns pointed at them. Then, the guns were fired and five of them went down.
K K Rajeevan, Madhu, Shibulal, Babu and Roshan lost their lives in the infamous Koothuparamba firing, an incident that continues to evoke tremendous spirit among the party cadre.
The DYFI will pay tribute to them at the 10th national conference of the organisation to be held here on Wednesday. As part of the tribute, installations depicting the dead comrades will be displayed at the photo exhibition organised at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, the main venue of the delegate session.
“The photo exhibition was conceptualised by NGO Union former state secretary Anandakuttan. We have decided to focus on the history of Kerala and the growth of youth movement in the state. The history of DYFI in Kerala will not be complete without mentioning the names of the Koothuparamba martyrs,” said Selvaraj P S, the artist.
The photo exhibition, which aims at introducing Kochi’s history to the new generation, will feature landmark events in the city and the agitations and campaigns conducted by yesteryear activists.
An installation depicting the Paliam Satyagraha, a successful people’s movement that took place in 1947-48, will also also displayed at the venue,” he said.
An installation of Bhagat Singh has the famous speech by the revolutionary freedom fighter in the background .
The photo exhibition titled ‘How We Came to be - Kerala’s Yesteryear’ will throw light on the historic events in the state - from the British invasion and industrialisation to the Achippudava agitation and Mukkuthikalapam.