AP: Civil Rights Activist K Balagopal Passes Away
Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009
Noted civil rights activist K Balagopal died of cardiac arrest at a hospital here, family source said today.
Balagopal (52) was taken to the hospital at Mehidipatnam in the city last night and he breathed his last while undergoing treatment, they said.
Born in Anantapur district, Balagopal worked in Kakatiya University as a professor but took to practising law nearly a decade ago.
He broke away from the Andhra pradesh Civil Liberties committee, with which he had been associated with since its inception in the 1980s, following differences over the issue of violence perpetrated by the erstwhile CPI-ML People’s War and founded the Human Rights Forum to fight for human rights and civil liberties.
He argued hundreds of cases of human rights violation and encounter killings as an advocate. But he did not just speak out against the state terror, he also spoke out boldly and fearlessly against the violence by the Naxals and Maoists.
His funeral would take place this evening, sources said. Balagopal is survived by his wife and a son. Several human rights activists and political leaders condoled the activist’s death. Outlook