Pragjyotish Barta, Guwahati, 15 Septemberঃঃ Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Ashim Chatterjee, who contributed tremendously to the nation’s security, the environment and the Assamese society as a whole.
Chatterjee, who fought in 1971 Bangladesh liberation war as a soldier of Indian Army for the Muktijoddhas, sustained serious injuries in the battlefield while inside an exploded tank. But the patriotism and strong will helped him to survive the war against the Pakistani forces.
After his retirement from the army, Chatterjee settled in Assam and engaged in the study and conservation of nature of northeast India. In the early 90s, he organized a series of programs for educating the young people about the environment. He had thorough knowledge about different species of flora & fauna as well as the environmental hygiene.
It may be mentioned that because of his timely initiative many Clouded Leopards with a few other canine animals of the State zoo in the city could have been saved from a possible disaster like mange- epidemic in 1993.
Chatterjee succumbed to Covid-19 complications on 11 September 2020 and shockingly his wife Krishna Chatterjee, a noted Rabindra Sangeet artiste & author, preceded him same day morning with the same infection related ailments in the hospitals. PPFA paid homage to both the departed souls and prayed the God for consoling their two sons namely Biplab and Ambar in this time of crisis.