Vaishnava scholar Sonaram Chutia dies

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 18:37 hrs

Veteran Vaishnava scholar, educationist and freedom fighter Sonaram Chutia died in Assam's Jorhat district on Wednesday night.

Scholar of Srimanta Sankardeva studies, Chutia (98) died at Jorhat Medical College Hospital around 9.20 pm on Wednesday.

The prestigious Sankardeva Award winner was actively involved in the Quit India Movement.

He was the chief advisor and nine times "Padadhikar" of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha, one of the biggest religious organization of Assam.

He wrote several books and received prestigious Madhabdeva Award, highest honour of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha.

He is survived by three sons and four daughters.

Assam Governor JB Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condoled the death of the eminent scholar.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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