CPI (ML) Red Star leader Sharmistha Choudhury, a prominent face of the Bhangar land agitation in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, died here on Sunday due to post-COVID complications. She was 47 and is survived by her husband Alik Chakraborty, who had spearheaded the movement.
Choudhury, a central committee member of the CPI (ML) Red Star, had recovered after contracting the disease a month ago. However, she fell ill again and was rushed to state-run SSKM Hospital here on Saturday, a senior party leader said. She died on Sunday due to post-COVID complications and intestinal ulcer, he said.
CPI (ML) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya and several others condoled her death. An alumnus of Presidency University, Choudhury was a journalist for several years before plunging headlong into activism.
Residents of around a dozen villages in Bhangar, under the banner of ‘Jomi, Jibika, Poribesh O Bastutantra Raksha Committee’ (Committee for protection of land, livelihood, environment and ecology), had protested the TMC government’s plans to set up a power station, alleging the project will cause health hazards and damage the ecology of the area. PTI SUS ACD ACD 06131953 NNNN.
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