Indian Socialist leader Jugal Kishore Raibir passes away

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Jugal Kishore Raibir, the President of the Samajawadi Jana Parishad (Socialist People's Council) passed away at Sadar Hospital in Jalpaiguri,West Bengal on Tuesday November 6, 2007 after a three month battle with cancer. He was 60.

The funeral of Raibir, who was Prominent social activist was held on Wednesday evening. Condoling his death West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi said he was devoted to the cause of the have not.

Leaders and personalities from different parts of the country, including the Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, expressed grief over the death. Thousands of people gathered at the Samata Centre, the residence of Kishore, who was very popular particularly among farmers and tea garden workers.

Leaders from across the political spectrum paid floral tributes to Jugal Kishore Raibir. Senior Socialist leaders like Vinod Prasad Singh, Yogendra Yadav, Shivapoojan Singh, Somnath Tripathi, Viswanath Bagi and thousands of people visited the Samata Centre to pay their homage.