Kolkata, Feb 5 IANS | 2 years ago

Veteran journalist Shankar Prasad Choudhury died at a nursing home here following protracted illness, doctors said. He was 79.

Choudhury was suffering from kidney problems, besides other ailments for long, and died following multi-organ failure Monday, doctors said.

Choudhury, who chose to join the profession in the late 1960s by giving up a more paying job, was an ace reporter in his time.

He retired as chief reporter of the United News of India :, Kolkata bureau in the mid-1990s.

His usual beats were politics and police.

He was also in the thick of things in the profession during the turbulent times of the Naxalite movement in the 1970s.

A former president and secretary of the Kolkata Press Club, Choudhury was a well-connected person, having close links with many politicians, bureaucrats and other eminent people.

Choudhury leaves behind his wife.

(Posted on 06-02-2014)

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