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Indian revolutionary Lakshmi Sehgal dies

July 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

KANPUR, India, July 23 (UPI) -- Lakshmi Sehgal, who fought Allied forces during World War II and was known as India's leading female revolutionary, has died. She was 97.

Sehgal died Monday at a private hospital in Kanpur where she was admitted on July 19 after suffering a heart attack, the Press Trust of India reported.

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Sehgal was active in India's push for independence, commanding the Rani of Ghansi Regiment of the Indian National Army. She was also a trained physician who worked as a medical practitioner and a social worker.

Communist Party of India leader Brinda Karat described Sehgal as a great freedom fighter who "fought injustice wherever she saw it."

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