Veteran CPI (M) leader and Tripura state committee secretary Gautam Das passed away on Thursday due to Covid-19 complications.
70-year-old Das succumbed to Covid at a private hospital in Kolkata on Thursday morning.
He leaves behind his wife Tapati Sen and daughter Swagata Das.
Das tested positive for the infection in the last week of August and was admitted to a private hospital in Agartala.
As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the Kolkata hospital on September 6.
Das joined CPI (M) in 1968, and became the Tripura state committee member in 1986.
He was elected to the state secretariat in 1994 and became the party secretary in 2018.
Das edited party’s mouthpiece ‘Daily Desher Katha’ from 1979 to 2015 and was one of the founding members of the Agartala Press Club.
CPI (M) politburo has conveyed condolences to the family members of Das.
“His departure, coming at a time when the Party is valiantly facing vicious and violent attacks in Tripura, is a big loss,” politburo said in a statement.