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Journalist Hiten Mahanta dead

Senior journalist Hiten Mahanta passed away on Saturday at GNRC (six mile) hospital. The end came at 7.25 in the morning at GNRC Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

Mahanta suffered multiple head injuries as he fell on the road on the morning hours of August 5 at his home locality of Chunchali in the city. He was immediately admitted to the hospital and his condition continued to be critical.

Born in 1957, Mahanta completed his education in Guwahati. After completing PU form Cotton College, Mahanta graduated from Pragjyotish College. He received master degree in Political Science from Gauhati University.

Lately contributing articles on recent political developments for Assam for various acclaimed newspapers, Mahanta started his journalism career in 1984 through Janakranti. Later he shifted to Ajir Asom in 1987 and finally joined Natun Dainik in 1989. Mahanta also served as the President of Natun Dainik Employess Union.

For some time, Mahanta was associated with Journalist Union of Assam. He was also associated with Journalist Action Committee, Journalists’ Forum Assam and Guwahati Press Club. Mahanta was also the founder President of All Assam Media Employees Federation.

Mahanta left behind his wife Manashri Mahanta, two sons Niharanjan & Chinmoy and host of relative & well-wishers. The family and also Guwahati Press Club have extended sincere thanks to Dr NC Bora (CMD of GNRC hospitals) for rebating most of the expenditure of Mahanta’s treatment.

Soon after his death, Mahanta was taken to his home, where various social organizations paid their last respect to him. Before taking his mortal remains to Navagraha crematorium, he was taken to Guwahati Press Club. Hundred journalists and other well-wishers paid their last respects to him.

The editor-journalists who were present on Mahanta’s last journey includ

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