NORTH LAKHIMPUR, April 22 � Veteran Communist leader of the State, a freedom fighter and former MLA of Lakhimpur, Sula Bora passed away last night following prolonged illness. He was 91. He left behind a daughter and a son.
Born in 1924 at Meleng in Jorhat, Sula Bora did his education in Dhekiakhowa LP School and Meleng High School and went underground after participating in the Quit India Movement in 1942.
Bora joined the CPI in 1945 and went underground again in 1948 following a ban imposed on the party. He was arrested in 1949 and was released in 1951. Since then he dedicated his life for the communist movement and arrived in North Lakhimpur for party activities in 1952. Bora was actively associated with the Refinery Movements of 1957 and 1969. He was elected to 111 Lakhimpur LAC in 1978 and was member director of the Seeds Corporation of Assam. He was felicitated by President Pratibha Patil at the Rashrapati Bhawan in August 2011.
A man of towering personality and an avid speaker, Bora�s death was widely mourned in the district.
His body was brought to the CPI office, where party officials and ex-comrades offered their last respect and a ceremonial �Red Salute� to him. Floral tributes were also paid in the office of the District Freedom Fighters� Association, District Pensioners� Union and other organisations. His cremation took place at the North Lakhimpur Crematorium.