Birendra Newar, a resident of Christian Basti, Balijuri in the northern part of Jamugurihat and a social worker breathed his last due to brief illness at his residence this morning. He was 68. Newar had served Muradol Society as a member and later on as a president since 1992. He had also served the entire area as a secretary of Village Defence Party (VDP) for 24 years. He was one of the founder members of Govinda Narayan Kirtan Sangha, a community organization of the greater Balijuri area. He was closely associated with many socio-cultural organizations of Balijuri area. His untimely demise was widely mourned here. He leaves behind his four sons along with a host of relatives.