The Centre of Indian Trade Unions is deeply shocked and grieved at the demise of comrade Bamapada Mukherjee, the legendary leader and one of the architects of the working class movement and also the Left movement in Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt since early fifties. He breathed his last today on 13th April 2019. He was 98.

The demise of comrade Bamapada Mukherjee, Bamapada-da, as he was being popularly called by one and all, signals the end of an era—the generation of pioneering leadership who contributed immensely in founding the movement and militant organization of emerging modern working class centering round coal, steel, aluminum and other industries in the entire industrial belt, braving brutal atrocities of the employers as well as state administrations and through the martyrdom of several comrades in that process of building organizations and movement.

Starting his life as a steel worker himself under the-then private ownership, he played frontline role in developing organization and movement of both coal and steel workers and also contributed immensely in building all India federations of coal and steel workers.

He had been the driving spirit of the united struggle against privatization of IISCO, Burnpur/Kulti, and the struggle could be carried forward despite numerous hurdles and finally succeeded.

The passing away of com Bamapada Mukherjee, whose entire life had been an eternal source of inspiration for the united struggle of the working class, is a great loss to our movement and for all of us.

The CITU submits its respectful salute to the memory and contribution of com Bamapada Mukherjee , one of the stalwarts of working class movement and conveys heartfelt condolences to the comrades and his family members.

Com Bamapada Mukherjee Red Salute.

Tapan Sen
General Secretary 

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