MANGALDAI, Oct 15 - The mysterious death of Anup Sharma (Pimpu), a former active leader of the Assam Movement, and a resident of Pub Sarania area of Guwahati, who was born in Mangaldai, has created sensation among the people both in greater Chandmari area as well as in his birth place Mangaldai. He was 60.
It is learnt that at around 7 pm on Sunday evening when he was returning home alone from Chandmari through the railway crossing, after some daily marketing, he suddenly came under a running train resulting in his death. Some people termed it as an incident of suicide while others claimed that it was an accident.
Born to the family of retired senior administrative officer Annanda Charan Sharma and Munu Debi of Bamunpara, Mangaldai, Anup took part in the Assam Movement and faced imprisonment several times and also suffered torture at the hands of security forces. After the Assam Movement, he established himself as a prominent businessman and social worker of Chandmari area getting associated with many socio-cultural public organisations including Chandmari Durga Puja celebration committee. However, according to people close to him, recently he had been facing some financial crisis due to losses in business.
Many former senior leaders of the Assam Movement including Bhargab Kr Das, Hiren Kr Saharia and Lankeswar Baisya while talking to this correspondent expressed their shock and grief at the sudden demise of the dynamic former leader of the Assam Movement and a popular leading citizen of the greater Chandmari area.