Kayamkulam Kochunni

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Kayamkulam Kochunni was a famed thief based in Kayamkulam, active in Central Travancore, British India, during the early 19th century. He is said to have stolen from the rich and given to the poor (like Robin Hood).[1] He had his intimate friend Ithikkarappakki from Ithikkara village on the shore of Ithikkara River. Kochunni died in jail in 1878.[2]

Kochunni was a devout Muslim going to the local Mosque for salat five times a day.[3] It was because he had experienced abject poverty in his younger days that he developed an aversion to misers, moneylenders and landlords. By the assistance of an renaissance leader Arattupuzha Velayudha Panicker, Kochunni was arrested. Kochunni died at Poojapura Central Jail.

Legends on his life are part of the folklore of India. There is a small museum at Varanappallil, an ancestral house in Kayamkulam for Kochunni.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wikibooks Malayalam- Aithihyamala- Kayamkulam Kochunni". Wikibooks-Malayalam. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Now, a shrine for Kayamkulam Kochunni". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 August 2007. 
  3. ^ http://www.chandamama.com/story/stories.php?mId=2&cId=3&sbCId=7&stId=642 chandamama.com, Robin Hood of Kerala
  4. ^ Where a legendary Robin Hood played his tricks, Deccan Herald, 27 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Now, a shrine for Kayamkulam Kochunni". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 August 2007. 

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