AGARTALA, July 29 � Nonagenarian CPI-M leader and freedom fighter Chitta Chanda has died at a government medical college here, the party said on Tuesday. He was 95.
�Suffering from various old age ailments, he was admitted in Gobinda Ballav Pant Medical College and Hospital on July 20 and breathed his last there on Monday night,� a CPI-M spokesman told reporters.
Chanda�s body was brought to the party office on Monday night itself to allow people to pay their last respects.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders paid floral tributes to the departed leader.
The last rites were performed at Battala mass cremation ground here on Tuesday.
Former chairman of CPI-M Tripura unit�s control commission, Chanda, a bachelor, also participated in India�s freedom struggle and was imprisoned for many years.
He became a member of the undivided communist party in 1960 and joined the CPI-M in 1964 after its division.
The CPI-M flag in all party offices was flown at half mast on Tuesday as a mark of respect. � IANS