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Veteran communist leader Sadhan Gupta dies

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Independent India's first visually-challenged MP Sadhan Gupta has died following age-related illness.

The veteran communist and eminent lawyer died late last night, CPI(M) party officials said.

He was 98 and is survived by four daughters and a son.

chairman and CPI(M) politburo member Biman Bose condoled the passing away of the veteran communist leader.

Born in Dhaka, Gupta was educated at the Calcutta Blind School and went on to study Economics from Presidency College and from the University of Calcutta.

In 1953, the CPI(M) leader became India's first visually-challenged parliamentarian when he won from the southeast constituency.

He was re-elected to for the second consecutive term and remained an MP till 1962.

Later on in 1986, he became the first blind Advocate General of West Bengal.

Gupta was also the founder-president of the National Federation of the Blind and the first president of the Indian chapter of Disabled Peoples' International.

First Published: Sun, September 20 2015. 20:22 IST