UDALGURI/BISWATH CHARIALI, April 11: Hari Gajurel, the president of Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha, passed away on April 10 at 10.25 p.m. at his residence at Golia in Biswath Chariali. He was 72. He had authored Manchheko Katha Khojdai, Shabda Batuldai, Manchheko Katha Khojdai (poem collections) and Vichar Vimarsha (essays) in Nepali language and also edited many publications in Assamese and Nepali. His me was Harilal Upadhyaya but he was popularly known as Hari Gajurel in the literary world. Gajurel retired as an assistant teacher from Bapuji High School. After retirement, he joined politics and contested in the assembly election from Behali LAC in 2006. He was also associated with the Sahitya Akademi and All India Radio, Guwahati. He was honoured with the Saparibar Patrakarita Award by Abhi-Jaman Memorial Trust of Kuwait in 2011.
His demise was widely mourned by social and literary organizations across the country. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal has also consoled the death of Hari Gajurel, who was suffering from cancer since past few months. The Udalguri district committee of Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha also consoled his demise. He leaves behind his wife and three sons.