Kolkata, Jun 19(UNI) Noted journalist Barun Sengupta died at a city nursing home today following a protracted illness.
He was 74 and a bachelor.
Sengupta was the founder editor of Bengali vernacular daily 'Bartaman'.
Born in 1934 in Barishal, now in Bangladesh, he had most of his formal education in Kolkata and started his career in a Bengali weekly in 1957.
After joining Ananda Bazar Patrika in 1960, Sengupta gradually rose to fame with his political reporting that covered a wide spectrum of events, including the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971 and the period of emergency in 1975.
He was imprisoned under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for nine months during the emergency.
He left Anandabazar group in 1984 and started 'Bartaman', which he nurtured to take to a prominent place.
A renowned political commentator, Sengupta had to his credit several titles, including 'Pala Badaler Pala', 'Sob Choritra Kalponik', 'Indira Ekadashi' and 'Andhakarer Antarale'.
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