Silchar, Sept 10: Former principal of Narsing HS School and ex-president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Silchar branch Samir Medhi breathed his last in the wee hours on Thursday at Jorhat. He was 61. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Raju Bora, secretary Asam Sahitya Sabha Silchar branch informed on Friday that Medhi, a resident of Gorerbhitor in Bihara area under Katigorah constituency of Cachar district had gone to Jorhat for some work related to his family when he suffered cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital but he could not be saved.
The news of Medhi's demise cast a pall of gloom across Barak and Brahmaputra valleys as the central leadership of Asam Sahitya Sabha along with functionaries of the Jorhat district branch of Sahitya Sabha paid tributes. Thereafter, his mortal remains were brought to Cachar district at around 2:40 am and members of Asam Sahitya Sabha Silchar branch including current president Karuna Thakuria, vice president Dr Jogeshwar Barman and other functionaries paid their last tributes with the flag of the Sabha and moist eyes. Members from Silchar Bor Namghar also paid their tributes. His last rites were performed at his Bihara residence on Friday, Bora informed.
Bora further informed that Medhi was a life member of Asam Sahitya Sabha and former member of the central managing committee of the Sabha and till his death, he was rendering services as the chief advisor to Sabha here. A pious man, Medhi believed in an inclusive and participatory approach to work and had established familial bonds with people from different linguistic backgrounds. "Medhi was also the former president of the Silchar branch of Sabha. His contributions to the progress of the Sabha here will always inspire us to work in the days ahead. We are deeply shocked at his demise. We express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and resolve to work to fulfil his dreams regarding Sabha. The Sabha flag will be kept at half-mast for three days as we mourn his demise. All the activities of Sabha are cancelled for three days," Bora said.