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(Here are two news items that rediff.com published sourced from UNI on Bimal Sinha a decade ago)

Sinha was a leading litterateur

April 1, 1998

Bimal Sinha, Tripura's health minister who was killed by tribal militants in the state on Tuesday, was also one of the front-ranking writers of the state. He had eight books, both in Bengali and Bishnupriya Manipuri languages, to his credit.

Sinha could speak in six different languages, though his mother tongue was Manipuri. He was vice-president of the former Ganatantrik Lekhak Shilpi Sangha.

Among his wellknown books were Karachi to Longtarai, Alor Thikana, Satyer Aloke, Longtarai, Takhaparar Itikatha, Pourei, Monaiham.

Tripura's first feature film was based on his novel Longtarai.

UNI

Tripura minister killed in ambush

March 31, 1998


Tripura Health Minister Bimal Sinha and one of his younger brothers, Bidyut, were killed in an ambush by suspected National Liberation Front of Tripura guerillas at Abhanga under Kamalpur subdivision in Dhalai district on Tuesday morning.

This is the first time in the state's history that a minister has fallen prey to the militants's bullets.

According to official sources, the militants fired random shots from sophisticated weapons soon after the minister got down from his car at about 1130 hours on the Kamalpur-Ambassa road. Sinha died on the spot. He was 50.

Another brother of the slain minister, Bikram, a contractor, was abducted by suspected NLFT militants just before the February 16 assembly and Lok Sabha election in the state and was released only today.

The situation in Kamalpur and other parts of Dhalai was stated to be very tense. Security measures have been tightened to prevent any untoward incidents.

UNI

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