Kohima, Feb 14 (UNI) Educationist and noted social worker Manik Bhattacharjee passed away last night at his Kher Mahal residence in Dimapur after a prolonged illness.
He was 74 and is survived by wife, two sons and as many daughters.
Popularly known as 'Manikda', he was born in a family of freedom fighters in Hobiganj under Sylhet district of Assam province in undivided India and was deeply influenced by his father.
He settled in Dimapur and was the founder of Pranab Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Dimapur Railway High School, founder of Public College of Commerce, Dimapur, and chief organizer of the Bharat Sevashram Sangh in Dimapur.
He was also the first journalist of the state who contributed news items to various papers outside the state like Hindustan Times, Assam Tribune and Ananda Bazar Patrika and the publisher and columnist of the local English weekly 'Ura Mail'.
He was also founder of of Urban Cooperative Bank and MARCOFED.
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan and former Chief Minister K L Chishi condoled the death of Manik Bhattachjarjee and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
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