THRISSUR: Eachara Warrier, who has been a dominant figure in Kerala’s political and human rights debates after his son Rajan died in police custody during the Emergency period, died today in a private hospital here. He was 86 and is survived by two daughters
Warrier had been keeping indifferent health for quite some time and was hospitalised with severe breathing troubles a few days back, family sources said.
His legal battle after his son’s disappearance had led to the resignation of K Karunakaran as Chief Minister in 1977 following state High Court’s observations in the ‘Rajan case’ within a month after he led the UDF to a thumping victory.
Rajan, a student of the Regional Engineering College at Kozhikode, was picked up by police alleging Naxalite connection. He was taken to the police camp at Kakkayam, from where he never returned.
Karunakaran was the Home minister in the C Achutha Menon government that was in power during the emergency.
Warrier approached the court with a habeus corpus petition and it turned out that Rajan was no more.
Though the accused persons in the case, including some top police officials, were acquitted after prolonged legal battle, the issue remained as an oft-debated topic in Kerala’s political, legal and human rights realms.
Warrier had penned a book—Memoirs of a father– on his touching experiences following the death of his son at the prime of youth.
A Hindi teacher and social activist, he had taught in several colleges.