BY TC News Desk
Agartala, April 20: Civil service officer Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury, the first Padma Shri awardee from Tripura, has fallen seriously ill. Chief Minister Prof Dr Manik Saha rushed to his Baradowali residence on hearing the news. He inquired about his health from his family and loved ones. A medical team was formed immediately.
It should be noted that during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury set a bright example between India and Bangladesh by providing accommodation and food for two and a half lakh refugees at the Sonamura border of Tripura. At that time Chowdhury was the SDO of Sonamura. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972 by the Government of India for his outstanding achievements. In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh awarded him the honor of Outstanding Friend of Bangladesh.
When the liberation war started in Bangladesh in 1971, many freedom fighters and ordinary refugee families of that country took shelter in different parts of Tripura state. Thousands of refugees take refuge in Sonamura border area. At one time the number of these refugees exceeded two and a half lakhs. Civil service officer and Sonamura SDO Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury played the role of savior at that time. He arranges everyone’s safety, accommodation, food, etc. The whole sub-continent was appreciative of this humanitarian role of a civil service officer.
During the liberation war, the family of late Tajuddin Ahmed, the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, took refuge under the supervision of SDO Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury. The family has not forgotten about his service. On the occasion of 50 years of independence of Bangladesh in December 2021, the then MP of Bangladesh Semin Hossain Rimi, daughter of late Taj Uddin Ahmed, came to Agartala and met Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury and expressed gratitude for his family and Bangladesh.
Chief Minister Prof. Dr. Manik Saha wrote on his social media, “Himanshu Mohan Chowdhury, the first Padma Shri awardee from Tripura, is currently physically unwell. After receiving information about his illness, he visited his residence in Baradoali this afternoon. Kari and inquire about the physical condition. Already, the medical team has also been arranged. During the liberation war of 1971, he was serving as Sonamura SDO and played an important role in providing food and shelter to a large number of refugees. I pray to God for his speedy recovery.”