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Hundreds pay last respects to Biswas

Written by: Staff
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Kolkata, Mar 27 (UNI) Cutting across party affiliation, hundreds of people from all walks of life, including Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, paid their last respects to CPI(M) leader Anil Biswas, whose body was kept at the party's state headquarters here today.

Besides Mr Bhattacharjee, others who paid floral tributes to the departed leader were CPI(M) Polit Bureau general secretary Prakash Karat, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, CPI(M) leader of the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acharya, Polit Bureau members M K Pandhe and Brinda Karat, veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, former Pradesh Congress president Soumen Mitra and his colleagues Subrata Mukherjee and Sudip Banerjee, former Union Minister Tapan Sikdar and CPI leader Gurudas Dasputa.

State Industry Minister Nirupam Sen, Health Minister Suryakanta Mishra and Housing Minister Gautam Deb also placed wreaths on the body of the departed leader.

The UK Deputy High Commissioner, Bangladesh Workers Party Polit Bureau member Hyder Akbar Rano, filmmaker Mrinal Sen, poet Mallika Sengupta, singer Indranil Sen, footballer P K Banerjee and state Human Rights Commission chairman Justice Shyamal Sen also paid their last respects to the departed leader.

A host of industrialists, including Mr Pawan Kumar Ruia and Mr Harsh Neotia, also visited the party office.

The body of Mr Biswas was kept overnight at Peace Haven before being taken to his residence and then to the party office this morning.

According to the wishes of Mr Biswas, his body would be donated for medical research.

Party leaders and workers would take out a procession with the body at 1630 hours before handing it over to the authorities of Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital.

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