Kottayam: Journalist V.M. Sathish, 54, of Vazhiyilparampil, who died in Sharjah on Wednesday, was cremated in the compound of his house at Kurichy on Friday evening. His son Ashok Kumar lit the funeral pyre. Hundreds of people from various walks of life, including journalists from West Asia and various parts of the state paid their last respects to him at his house.
His body was brought to the Nedumbassery airport on Friday morning and kept at the Kottayam press club in the afternoon for some time. Journalists Biju Abel Jacob, Elvis Chummar and Riyas Khan representing the journalist community in the UAE accompanied the body. He had worked in the Indian Express in Mumbai as a reporter and covered West Asia for over two decades. CPM district secretary V.N. Vasavan and CPI leader V.B. Binu paid homage to him at the press club. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala visited his residence.