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Suranjit to be cremated with woods of own Chandan tree

DHAKA, Feb 5, 2017 (BSS)- Veteran parliamentarian and Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta, who breathed his last here today at the age of 72, will be cremated with the wood of Chandan tree that he himself planted.

The Chandan tree has already been cut off and woods are readied for the cremation of the legendary politician tomorrow at his village home at Anwarpur under Derai Upazila under Sunamganj district. Chandan tree is considered as holy tree in the Hindu mythology.

"Suranjit Sengupta himself planted the sapling of Chandan tree on the premises of his residence around 14-15 years ago. He used to nurture the tree whenever he went to his home," Surnajit's business manager Sujit Roy told BSS.

Terming Sengupta a lover of tree, Roy said he made a garden where he planted trees of Mehguni, Sundari and Segun and other fruit bearing and flowers' trees.

Our Sunamganj correspondent reports: Derai Upazila Awami League announced three-day mourning at the death of the legendary leader hailed from the district.

Earlier in the morning today, prayers were offered at Jagannath temple at Derai seeking salvation of the departed soul.

His body is expected to be reached at Sylhet at 9am tomorrow. From where, the body will be taken to his constituency Salla under Sunamganj to allow the people to pay their last tributes to their beloved leader.

Later, his body will be taken to his residence at Derai. After the completion of familial rituals, he will be cremated at Anwarpur.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)