Agartala: At the age of 71, Tripura’s Left Front Convenor and CPIM central committee member Bijan Dhar passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata on Monday morning.
It is reported that Bijan Dhar was admitted to GBP Hospital with COVID on September 16 last. After failing to control his lung infection there, doctors advised him to take him to Kolkata for better treatment. On September 19, he was airlifted to a private hospital in Kolkata. Despite the tireless efforts of the doctors at the hospital, his condition continued to deteriorate and passed away at 4.07 AM on Monday.
The Polit Bureau of the CPIM expressed profound shock and grief at the death of Bijan Dhar. The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to his wife Ila Dasgupta, daughter Gopa Dhar and other members of his family.
The Tripura Left Front Committee is deeply saddened by his death and extends its heartfelt condolences to his close relatives, including his wife and daughter. During his period, the state has played an important role in maintaining brotherly relations between the allied parties by strengthening and consolidating the unity of the Left Front.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is deeply saddened by the death of Bijan Dhar, the former state secretary of the CPIM party and the convener of the Left Front. “I wish him the best of luck in his disembodied soul. My prayer to God is to give the bereaved families the strength to endure this loss. Om Shanti”.
CPIM Tripura state secretariat body is deeply saddened by the demise of Bijan Dhar. The secretariat body pays tribute to his memory, extends its condolences to his bereaved wife, daughter and relatives. CPIM Tripura opined “Bijan Dhar was a brilliant teacher of Marxist ideology and socialist philosophy. He has made invaluable contributions to the management and expansion of the party’s educational activities.”
Tripura Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGMP) central committee also expressed deep grief and respect and extended deepest condolences to his family.
It is worthy to mention that Dhar was born on January 03, 1951 in the family of the late Ananta Krishna Dhar, a prominent educationist of the state, in the village of Shialora under the Borora police station in the then Comilla district of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). While studying at Ranirbazar School, Dhar was actively involved in the student movement in the 1970s. He was elected to the State Committee of the Party at its 10th Conference in 1978 and became a member of the state secretariat in 1995. He was elected as the secretary of the Tripura State Committee of the party at its 19th state conference in 2008 and continued in that post till 2018. He was elected to the Central Committee of the Party at its 17th Congress in 2002. As Secretary of the State Committee for nearly a decade, he made an important contribution to building up the Party organisation. Since 2018 he has been the Convenor of the Left Front Committee in the state. During the emergency in 1975-77, he had remained underground for more than a year before he was subsequently arrested and jailed for five months.
Notably, Bijan Dhar’s younger brother in party Gautam Das, the central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Tripura state committee secretary also expired at Kolkata Hospital in the morning of September 16 last at the age of 70 years.