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Captain Lakshmi Sehgal passes away at 97

Doctor, freedom fighter and womens rights activist Lakshmi Sehgal today passed away in Kanpur at the age of 97 after suffering a heart attack on 19 July.

A file photograph of Dr Lakshmi Sehgal. Reuters

Her body, in keeping with her family's wishes, is to be donated to a medical college.

Sehgal, a doctor and close associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, was the first captain of the women's wing of Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army.

Sehgal, apart from her role in the freedom struggle, was also known for her medical work for the underpriveleged and as a staunch women's rights activist.

Her last appearance in the public eye was when she competed in the 2002 presidential election where she lost to APJ Abdul Kalam.

Lakshmi Sehgal’s daughter and senior CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali was by her bedside. Film director Shaad Ali, her grandson, was also in Kanpur.