Kolkata, Jun 19 (UNI) West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi and the scribes have condoled the demise of Barun Sengupta, founding editor of 'Bartaman', a bengali daily.
''I am aggrieved to learn of the demise of Barun Sengupta. He was the doyen of Bengali journalism. His service to the cause of a free press will be long remembered,'' the West Bengal Governor said.
Mr Dasmunsi in a separate message said, '' I am deeply shocked to hear the sudden demise of veteran Bangla journalist Barun Sengupta.
His death has made a huge void in the journalistic arena in general and in Bangla journalism in particular.'' ''Mr Sengupta will be remembered for his straight forwardness and fearless reporting, spanning more than 50 years of journalism which began way back in 1957,'' he said.
He will be remembered as the founder editor of popular Bengali daily ''Bartaman Patrika'' which was started by him in 1984. Since then, the paper continued to grow under his editorship.
It is to his credit that this paper is now being published from three places in the state - Kolkata, Siliguri and Burdwan. He continued to write for it till be fell ill a few days back, the Minister added.
''I condole his death and pray to the Almighty for peace to the departed soul'', he said.
Press Club, Kolkata, also condoled the death of the veteran editor today.
Club president Kamal Bhattacharya and secretary Kushal Dasgupta in a joint statement said the editor was an icon and an inspiration to the posterity. Barun Sengupta's demise has created a great void in vernacular journalism.
Calcutta Journalists Club also condoled his death.
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