Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89, body to be donated for research

Somnath Chatterjee, former CPI-M leader died after suffering a herat attack at the Bellevue Clinic, Kolkata

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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who breathed his last at 8:15am today in a hospital in Kolkata, will be accorded a gun salute at the West Bengal Assembly.

After which his body will be donated to the state-run SSKM Hospital in accordance with a pledge he had taken in 2002.

“His body would be taken to the Calcutta High Court, with which he was associated for a long time. Then it will be taken to the State Assembly where we will give him the gun salute, the highest honour of the state,” said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“After this his body will be taken to his residence and then to the SSKM hospital,” she said.

Chatterjee had pledged to donate his body to the medical college in 2002.

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The former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader died at the Bellevue Clinic, where he was admitted on August 07 after a heart attack. He was also suffering from a kidney-related ailment.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) veteran was suffering from kidney ailment and was put on ventilator support on Saturday. He suffered a heamorrhagic stroke in July.

Born on July 25, 1929, Chatterjee was a ten-time Lok Sabha MP. He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India. He served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.