TURA, Dec 03: Former Minister to the Meghalaya government and two time MLA from Phulbari constituency, Manirul Islam Sarkar passed away on Sunday after a second heart attack in the afternoon in Guwahati. The demise of the leader occurred at around 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoon and the news has left his family and the state in shock.
Sarkar had earlier complained of heart pains towards the beginning of the month of November after which he was rushed to Goalpara and then to Guwahati Nemcare Hospital for treatment. He was later taken to Appolo in Chennai, Tamil Nadu where he underwent angioplasty for blockage on Nov 9. Doctors advised him rest post the procedure after which he came back to Guwahati for rest.
“The angioplasty was a success and he was advised rest. He was taking rest in Meghalaya House in Guwahati over the past few weeks but had a second heart attack this afternoon. He was rushed to Nemcare Hospital once again where they pronounced him dead at about 4:30 this afternoon,” said a heartbroken younger brother and MDC to the GHADC, Rahibul Islam Sarkar.
The body of the former MLA is currently on its way to Chibinang, which was also the home of Sarkar with police officials from Phulbari currently being stationed in Chibinang to ensure security.
Sarkar was due to contest the upcoming MLA elections in 2018 in the Phulbari constituency and was one of the contenders for the seat. He was to fight on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.
The 53 year old Sarkar is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Speaker A.T. Mondal has expressed deep shock and sorrow on the sudden passing away of Sarkar. He recalled his contribution in the House, and his services to the State. The Speaker has expressed his condolence on behalf of all the MLAs to the bereaved family.