Featured Image: Senior lawyers pay their tribute to the mortal remains of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi at Calcutta High Court.
Kolkata / Siliguri: BUSINESSES at Raiganj and Kaliyaganj in North Dinajpur district today shut their shutters and thousands of people came out on the streets to catch one last glimpse of departed Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who passed away in Delhi yesterday after nine years in a coma. [READ: Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies after 9 years in coma, to be brought to Kolkata]
Mortal remains of the former Union minister was flown into Kolkata last night and kept at Peace Haven in the city overnight. Today morning his body was first taken to the state Congress headquarters Bidhan Bhavan.
State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Somen Mitra, CPI-M leaders Biman Bose, Surjya Kanta Mishra, Md Salim, RSP leader Kshiti Goswami, and BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya offered their tributes there.
The dead body was next taken to Dasmunsi’s Kolkata residence at Rani Bhavani Road and then to the Calcutta High Court, where he had practised briefly. After this, the mortal remains were flown to Raiganj in a Defence ministry helicopter accompanied by wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Michil.
State Congress leaders and the party’s national general secretary CP Joshi took separate choppers to reach Raiganj.
As soon as the helicopter landed at Raiganj Helipad Ground around 5 pm, thousands of people turned up to catch one last glimpse of their departed leader. It was such a huge crowd that police and Congress leaders decided not to open the coffin.
The departed leader was then accorded a gun salute at the Police Training Ground at Raiganj. Next, his body was flown to his native place at Kaliyaganj and to the local Congress office there, where people offered their last respect.
The mortal remains were then flown back to Raiganj in the evening and taken to the North Dinajpur district Congress office. Around 9.20 in the night, Dasmunshi’s final journey started for the Bandar Crematorium in the town and reached there around 10 pm with several hundred people and several political leaders and ministers being part of the cortege. The body was finally cremated around 11 in the night.