CPI(M) MP Mahboob Zahedi passes away
In a condolence message, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee described his death as a "great personal loss".india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 16:50 IST
Veteran freedom fighter and CPI(M) MP Mahboob Zahedi passed away on Saturday morning after a brief illness, party officials said. He was 77.
Zahedi, who is survived by his wife and two sons, breathed his last at his official residence in North Avenue, days after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Science.
His body was flown to Kolkata and will be taken to Burdwan for last rites.
In a condolence message, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee described his death as a "great personal loss".
"I had a privilege of being a colleague of Zahedi who fought for our freedom as a brave soldier in the Azad Hind Fauj (INA)", Chatterjee said, adding that he had rendered "invaluable services" in various capacities in the state as well as an MP in his struggle for the downtrodden till he breathed his last.
The veteran peasant leader was elected to the Lower House for the fourth time in a row from Katwa constituency in West Bengal, representing it since the 11th Lok Sabha.
A former soldier of Netaji Subhash Bose's Indian National Army, Zahedi had fought British forces under the leadership of Gen Shahnawaz Khan. He joined the communist movement soon after Independence and became a member of the CPI in 1951.
Besides being a leading organiser of the peasantry in West Bengal, Zahedi was also associated with the Left cultural movement and the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). He also led the literacy movement in his home Burdwan district and was an avid art lover.
He was also a minister in the Left Front government, besides being a member of the Haj Committee.