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Noted trade union leader Gobordhon Lohar dead

By STAFF Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Jan 30 - Gobordhan Lohar, the long-serving secretary of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) of Naharkatia branch and prominent social worker passed away today at around 8 am at a private nursing home here following cardiac arrest. He was 67.

Lohar, a resident of Sarojini Tea Estate near Rajgarh town in Tingkhong had joined the trade union as the Naharkatia branch secretary of the ACMS in 1979. He was instrumental in brokering peace during labour unrest and disputes among the workers and the tea garden managements within his jurisdiction. He was once elected as a Zilla Parishad member from Rajgarh as a candidate of the Indian National Congress.

The office staff of Naharkatia branch office and ACMS unit leaders from nearby tea gardens paid their last respect to the departed soul after the mortal remains were taken to the branch office. Tingkhong MLA Bimal Borah also mourned the demise of the well-known trade union leader of his constituency. While extending his condolences, MLA Borah said that Gobordhan Lohar was an active social worker and prominent trade union leader of the area.

Former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar and Dileswar Tanti, president and secretary respectively of the ACMS extended their sincere condolences to the bereaved family members and relatives. Ghatowar, who rushed to Sarojini to take part in the last rites of the departed leader said that Lohar�s sudden demise had come as a rude shock to the entire tea garden working community.

Former Minister and present president of Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) Atuwa Munda also conveyed his condolences. He said that Lohar�s contribution towards the empowerment of the tea garden workers and his community-building initiatives as a trade union leader will be ever remembered.

His last rites was performed at his residence in Sarojini where several hundred mourners and admirers attended. He leaves behind his wife and four sons, besides daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

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