Guwahati : Today the state of Assam is paying homage to one of its well remembered, and highly respected journalist, writer and social activist Parag Kumar Das on his 23rd death anniversary.
Parag Kumar Das was a writer, journalist and human right activist who was widely known for his radical contents and fiery posts. He was also the founder leader of Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti.
The memorial stone erected at the place where Das was shot dead was gathered by his family members, fans, writers, journalists and many intellectuals.
On May 17, 1996, Parag Das, then Executive Editor of the Assamese daily ‘Asomiya Pratidin’ was killed in broad daylight in Guwahati while he was heading towards his son’s school in Guwahati. Notably Das was killed a day after the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta Ministry was sworn in for the second term.
During the homage people prayed for his eternal peace and demanded punishment for those who were involved in his assassination and recalled his contribution towards the society.
Das was the man who gave a new way to journalism in Assam. Das also exposed the corruption of the government and gross human rights violations in the name of anti-insurgency operations.