Silchar, May 20: Veteran academician and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Prof Partha Sarathi Chanda passed away at his Malugram residence suffering a massive heart attack at 8:15 pm on Wednesday. He was 72. A bachelor for life, he is survived by his family members.
Family sources informed that Chanda was suffering from weakness for quite some time.
Chanda was former principal of Guru Charan College and also worked as head master of Silchar Collegiate School after his retirement from college. Known for his effortless style of expression and contagious enthusiasm, Prof Chanda was extremely popular among his students. He was also an orator per excellence. He was an avid sports lover and associated with a number of sports associations including Barak Valley Badminton Association. His demise has cast a pall of gloom across Barak Valley.
State Minister of Forest Environment and Excise Parimal Sukalabidya, Silchar MP Dr Rajdip Roy, Silchar MLA Dipayan Chakraborty and other BJP leaders have condoled the demise of Chanda. "It's so so hard to believe that the person,whom I met & seeked blessings just the last Sunday,my teacher,a brilliant educationist & a guiding light of my life Shri Partha Chanda sir is no more. GC College & the entire Barak Valley loses a great teacher with his demise," Suklabaidya wrote on his social media. Dipayan Chakraborty echoed the minister and said that he is left heartbroken. Going down memory lane, MP Dr Rajdip Roy recollected his student days at Guru Charan College and said that he would miss a teacher who carved a special place at the first impression itself. Lakhipur MLA Kaushaij Rai and former chairperson of Silchar Civic Board Tamal Kanti Banik too mourned the demise of Chanda. Teachers and staff of Guru Charan College and Department of English in particular mourned the demise of Chanda.
The mortal remains of Chanda were taken to the District BJP office wherein BJP leaders, members and people paid their last respects. Later his last rites were performed at the Silchar Crematorium..