BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the death of Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Tapas Pal on the central government. She alleged that central government’s pressure has claimed three lives — former TMC MP Sultan Ahmed, TMC MP Prasun Banerjee’s wife and now Pal.
“After receiving a letter and a phone call, Sultan went to the bathroom, had a stroke and passed away. How old was he? Even Prasun’s wife passed away and now Tapas. Let the law take its own course, but why this humiliation,” said Mamata.
The chief minister also said the Saheb actor failed to know why he was jailed for 13 months before he died. Then, Mamata also went onto mention how Srikant Mohta, the owner of SVF (the biggest production house in Bengal) is also not keeping well. Srikant was arrested on January 24, 2019 for his alleged connection in the Rose Valley case.
On Wednesday, Mamata was present at Rabindra Sadan to pay her homage to the actor, who also served as TMC MP of Krishnanagar since 2009 to 2019. Mamata along with TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay met Pal’s wife and daughter and saw the proceedings of his last rites. She spent some time at Rabindra Sadan before leaving for Nabanna.
Soon after the death of Pal, Mamata had taken to Twitter to express her condolences about the actor-turned-politician, whose life got marred by controversies in 2014. “Saddened & shocked to hear about the demise of Tapas Paul. He was a superstar of Bengali cinema who was a member of the Trinamool family.Tapas served the people as a two-term MP and MLA. We will miss him dearly. My condolences to his wife Nandini, daughter Sohini & his many fans,” Mamata tweeted on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, fans of Saheb and Dadarkirti gathered at Rabindra Sadan to pay their last tribute to their favourite actor — Tapas Pal. The actor breathed his last on February 18 at the age of 61 in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest at 3.35 am. The body of Pal, who ruled the silver screen of Bengali cinema during the 1980s and 1990s, was brought at the Kolkata Airport around 9 am on Tuesday.
West Bengal State Sports and Youth Affairs minister Aroop Biswas was present at the airport to pay his tribute to the actor. Though the state government wanted to keep the body at Peace Heaven, to respect the wishes of Pal’s family — wife Nandini and daughter Sohini — the body of Pal was kept at his Golf Green in South Kolkata. Before taking the body to Rabindra Sadan, it was also kept at Technicians Studio in Tollygunge, where Pal’s friends from the industry paid him tribute.
The last rites of the Bhalobasha Bhalobasha actor were performed at Keoratala crematorium. Pal was honoured with a gun salute.