Com Devapaalan was a native of Peroorkkada near Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. He was a student of M.G. College. He was the first martyr of SFI in Kerala. During the rally organized on the eve of Thirvananthapuram District Conference of SFI, a bus ran into the rally injuring several comrades including Devapaalan. He was taken to the hospital, but later succumbed to the injuries on 8th October 1971.