Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: The body of Chittabrata Majumdar, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), was taken in a procession and donated to a hospital here on Wednesday, as per his wishes.

Majumdar died on Tuesday following a protracted illness.

His body was taken from the funeral parlour, where it was kept overnight, to his residence at Salkia in Howrah. It was then brought to the CITU office here, taken to the Writers' Buildings and the West Bengal Assembly and then placed at the CPI (M) headquarters.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, senior party leader Jyoti Basu, party general secretary Prakash Karat and Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and Biman Bose were among those who paid their last respects to him there.

Wreaths were placed on the body as mourners filed past for a last glimpse of the veteran trade union leader. Majumdar's family members, including his wife and daughter, were present.

"Chittabrata Majumdar's experience, skill and dedication to the working class movement are well known," Mr. Karat said.

"Exceptional ability"

"When he was leader of the trade union movement in West Bengal and a Minister in the State, his exceptional ability and dedication to the trade union movement were well known. On this occasion, on behalf of our entire party and the working class movement, we pay homage to the memory of Chittabrata Majumdar."

Mr. Bose, who is also the secretary of the CPI (M) State Committee, said Majumdar's dedication to the working class movement never faltered even when his health was failing. "His death is a major loss to both party and the workers movement."

New Delhi Special Correspondent writes:

CITU president M.K. Pandhe, in a statement issued in New Delhi on Wednesday, said Majumdar dedicated himself to the struggle against liberalisation and globalisation.

He firmly believed that the struggle should be for changing the policies. He played an important role in setting up an international solidarity of workers against dictated imperialist globalisation.