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Veteran ‘war’ photo journalist Rabin Sengupta dies

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Rabin Sengupta, one of few Indian photo journalists who extensively covered war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 passed away in Agartala on Tuesday. He was 87.

He breathed his last at GB Pant Hospital on Tuesday morning. He was suffering from old age related problems.

News of death of probably northeast’s oldest photo journalist created shock and grief in media circles of the region.

Bangladesh government honoured him with liberation war award for his support to the creation of the country. The country had honoured a few hundred Indians from different trades who helped in its 9 month long liberation struggle.

Rabin Sengupta was born in Agartala in 1930 much before erstwhile princely state of Tripura merged with Indian union in October 1949. His ancestors from Dhaka settled down in Agartala in 1840 on an invitation of the then King of Tripura.

His father and uncle opened first studio named Sen & Sen at Agartala in 1910. They inspired Rabin to become an ardent photographer.

In his last years he authored two books both published in Dhaka.

Ministers, leaders of all major political parties, social and cultural groups, journalist and photo journalist unions and Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala expressed shock over his demise. A large number of people paid floral tribute to the departed photo journalist.

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