Update: CM pays tributes to folk singer Kalikaprasad, offers condolences to his family.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condoled the death of popular Bengali folk music singer Kalikaprasad Bhattacharya.
Bhattacharya passed away in a road mishap at Palsit in Burdwan district this morning.
In a message, Banerjee said, “I am deeply saddened over the untimely demise of singer Kalikaprasad Bhattacharya. My condolences to the near ones of the deceased.”
Bhattacharya was travelling along with four members of his Bangla band, ‘Dohar’, when their SUV was hit from behind by a truck on NH 2 and fell into a waterbody.
Bhattacharya (56) was taken out from the mangled vehicle along with other occupants of the car and rushed to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital where the Silchar-born singer was declared brought dead, a police officer said.
Four others were under treatment at the hospital and condition of three of them was stated to be critical, the officer said.
Bhattacharya’s mortal remains will be kept in Rabindra Sadan on Tuesday from 3 PM to 4:30 PM for his ardent followers to pay their last respects. Afterwards, he will be cremated in full state honours in Keoratala crematorium.