KOKRAJHAR, July 24: Chairman of the Central Selection Board (CSB), BTC, former Executive Member of the erstwhile Bodoland Autonomous Council (BAC) and senior BPF leader Jayanta Mahilary breathed his last on Tuesday at his Tengapara residence in Kokrajhar town after he suffered from cardiac arrest. Mahilary leaves behind his wife Jajnabari Mahilary who is Council Head of the Department (CHD) of Sports and Youth Welfare, BTC, a son and a daughter. He was 60.
Soon after getting the sad news, senior party leaders and workers, well-wishers, officials, and people of Kokrajhar rushed to his residence to pay floral tribute. The Executive Members, MCLAs of BTC, BPF MLAs and other leaders of various organizations also visited the residence of the bereaved family.
The body of Mahilary was taken to the central BPF office at Kokrajhar and office of the CSB where the workers and office staff paid floral tribute. Later in the evening, his body was taken to his birth place at Debargaon. His body was cremated at Debargaon near Bodoland University in presence of leaders and well-wishers.
Mahilary was one of the most influential leaders among the Bodos. He strongly took part in the Bodoland movement from the front and subsequently became EM of BAC. He played a major role as the leader of BPF. He was also associated with the Bodo weekly News Bodoland Radab.