Variankunnath Kunhamad Haji: Born in Nellikottu in Eranad, South Malabar, Kerala; s/o. Moideen Haji and Aminakutty Hajjumma. A close associate and relative of Ali Musaliar, an important rebel Mappila leader, he and his father were exiled to Mecca for a short period for anti-government activities.
Thereafter they came back, but continued with their anti-British demeanour. He became a significant Khilafat leader in Majeri and Nilambur, and led an attack on the British army at Kallamala, as well as on the Gudalur Police Training Camp. He also proclaimed himself a ruler in the area, paralyzing the British administration there for a short period. But Haji was captured from Kallamoola in January 1922, and after a summary trial at Martial Law Court, shot dead on 20 January 1922. [Weekly (Summary) Report of the Rebellion, Govt. of India (Home. Dept.) for the year 1921-22, Reports of the Administration of the Madras Presidency for the year 1921-22 (Madras, 1932), The Fort, St. George Gazette, No. 37, Madras, 12 September 1922, Part-I, Public Dept., Kerala Patrika, 29 October 1921]