Adieu, Comrade Dina Ji!

CPIML expresses deep condolences on the demise of former Bhojpur District Secretary Comrade Dina Ji who passed away on 15 May after a long illness. Originally from West Bengal, he was Bhojpur Secretary in 1990-92.

The news of Comrade Dina Ji's death plunged the party into grief. Tributes were paid to him on 16 May at the party State office and Bhojpur District office. The condolence meeting at the State office was attended by Politburo member Swadesh Bhattacharya, State Secretary Kunal, former Control Commission Chairman Rajaram, Kamlesh Sharma, Umesh Singh, Prakash Kumar, Vibha Gupta, Sudhir Kumar, Kumar Divyam and many other party leaders.

77 year old Comrade Dina Ji (Arup Sen Gupta) breathed his last in Kolkata. He had been suffering from kidney cancer for a long time and was on oxygen support for the last 24 hours due to a lung infection. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Before becoming a party full-time activist Comrade Dina Ji was working at the Bokaro Thermal Power plant as a technician. He was a first generation party leader and discharged various responsibilities and held the post of the then Central Bihar Zonal Secretary, Bhojpur District Secretary and Central Committee member. He was part of the delegation to China led by Comrade Vinod Mishra. He went to jail twice during his party life, first in 1971 and then in 1977. After the special party conference in 1979 he was fully involved in implementing party line changes. He emerged as a leading organizer of anti-feudal struggles in Bihar in the 80s and the revolutionary peasants' struggle in Central Bihar. He is remembered in Bhojpur and Bihar as a calm, creative and committed comrade and a cheerful and affectionate human being.

His mortal remains were brought to the West Bengal state party office in Kolkata where tributes were paid by senior leaders including Comrades Kartik Pal, Partho Ghosh, Abhijit Majumdar, Jayatu Deshmukh and Atanu Chakraborty. CPIML conveys deep condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief.

A condolence meeting was organized on 15 May at the Bhojpur party office in Ara to mourn Comrade Dina Ji's passing with 2 minutes' silence and floral tributes. The condolence meeting was attended by Comrade Dina Ji's comrade-in-arms senior party leader and former State Secretary Comrade Nand Kishore Prasad, Central Committee member Santosh Sahar, CC member and Agiaon MLA Manoj Manzil, CC member Raju Yadav, State Committee member Shiv Prakash Ranjan, senior party leader Meera Ji, Ara City Secretary Dilraj Pritam, District Standing Committee member Jitendra Singh, Chandan Kumar, Rajnath Ram, Gopal Prasad, Ramanuj Ji and other leaders and activists. Comrades of Bhojpur fondly remember him as Comrade Dinaji who led the victorious election campaign in 1989 when tens of thousands of oppressed landless labourers succeeded in exercising their franchise for the first time overcoming feudal domination and electing Comrade Rameshwar Prasad as the MP from Ara.

Red Salute to Comrade Dina Ji!

Adieu, Comrade Dina Ji