Tripura Left convener dead
Agartala: Tripura Left Front convener and veteran CPM leader Khagen Das died on Sunday after a massive heart attack in Calcutta.
Das, 82, is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Das, who was in Calcutta to attend the CPM's central committee meeting, passed away at Tripura Bhavan around 3.30am.
His body was flown to Agartala in the evening and taken to the state secretariat and Assembly buildings.
BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb also paid his last respects.
Top CPM leaders, including chief minister Manik Sarkar, Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Biman Basu, Aghore Debbarma, paid their last respects at the CPM headquarters in Calcutta.
Speaking to The Telegraph in the evening here, CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar said: "His death is a big loss for us and the Left democratic movement. He was a great leader who left his mark in legislative politics for over five decades."
In a statement issued in the evening, the Tripura unit of he Left Front condoled Das's death. "His guidance and leadership will be missed at this crucial moment," it said.
His body will be donated to the Agartala Government Medical College for research.
Born in 1936 in Comilla, Das had gone to Calcutta after matriculation. He completed MCom and had a BEd degree. He became a CPM member in 1968. Das was an MLA from 1978 to 1988, a Rajya Sabha member from 1998 to 2002 and a member of the Lok Sabha from 2002 till 2014.
Das had addressed the meeting on Saturday.