Former IGP of the Assam Police, eminent intellectual, and writer Hiranya Kumar Bhattacharya passed away at the age of 89 years in the wee hours of Monday morning in Guwahati.
He had been suffering from respiratory issues and was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Bhattacharya’s last rites will be performed at Navagraha Cemetery today.
Bhattacharya had played important key roles during the Assam agitation. He was also taken into preventive detention under the National Security Act (NSA) in support of the agitation before finally losing his job in the police force.
Bhattacharya had also trained the freedom fighters in Assam to liberate Bangladesh. In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh awarded the Friends of Liberation War honor to him.
He has also written books – Betrayal of North East: The Arrested Voice and Operation Lebensraum – Illegal Migration from Bangladesh.