GUWAHATI, June 27 - Indrajit Baruah, a leading ideologue of the Assam agitation as well as an architect of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), breathed his last at a city hospital around 1 am today following a cardiac arrest. He was 81.
A prominent civil engineer by profession, Baruah did his B Tech with Honours in Civil Engineering from the IIT Kharagpur in 1958. He was involved with the entire exercise of setting up the Gauhati Refinery right from its site selection up to commissioning. He was sent on deputation from the State PWD to the Refinery.
Then for a brief period, he served the Assam Government Construction Corporation and in 1975, he joined the Coca Cola company. When the Coca Cola company withdrew its operations from India following the installation of the Janata Party Government in 1977, Baruah joined the Designers� Guild, a firm he remained associated with till his death as a consulting engineer.
Baruah was the man who challenged imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the State in 1981 when the oil blockade movement was at its peak during the Assam agitation. It was following his petition in the Gauhati High Court that the application of the Act was stayed.
He leaves behind his wife, a son and a host of relatives.
His last rites were performed at the Nabagraha cremation ground this afternoon.