Several silent mourning processions were taken out throughout West Bengal on Friday by supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in memory of the Marxist veteran Jyoti Basu, who died on January 17.

The CPI(M)’s State Committee had appealed to party supporters to take out silent and peaceful processions to show respect to the leader.

According to a senior party member, 25,000 such processions were taken out in 19 districts on the day.

Party supporters carried CPI(M) flags at half-mast and placards displaying pictures of Basu as well as slogans like “ Laal Salaam” and “Jyoti Basu Amar Rahe.”

Several CPI(M)-backed employee organisations also took out processions.

Mourning will continue till Saturday and conclude with a condolence meeting organised by the Left Front on Sunday.

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