GUWAHATI, May 1 - Noted writer and freedom fighter Anil Roychoudhury breathed his last around 4 am today at his residence here. He was 94 and is survived by two sons and two daughters along with a host of relatives.
Roychoudhury was a well-known name in both Assamese literature and politics. In his early days, he had worked with the Asom Jatiya Mahasabha and the Students� Congress. Later he joined the Communist Party of India. He also played a key role in the formation of the Gauhati University Workers� Union and was associated with the Kamrup District Krishak Sabha.
In Guwahati, Roychoudhury fought for the rights of the peasants who got displaced from their own places. He was even punished with a jail term during the India-China conflict in 1962.
After being released from jail, Roychoudhury joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist). During Emergency he was jailed for 19 months.
As a writer, Roychoudhury contributed articles on different subjects to various newspapers and journals. He was also on the editorial boards of many such publications. He was an accredited lyricist of AIR Guwahati. He also had a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction, to his credit.
Roychoudhury also served as an employee at the Assam Trading Co-operative, the Gauhati University and in the Central excise department.
After his demise today, as per his wish, his family donated his body to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital authority.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Ellora Vigyan Mancha, CAA-opposition Co-ordination Committee, Asam Sahitya Sabha and many other organisations have mourned Roychoudhury�s death.