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Bengal’s ‘One Rupee Doctor’ Sushovan Banerjee Dies; CM Mamata, PM Modi Condole Demise

Popularly known as 'Ek Takar Daktar' or 'One Rupee Doctor', he had been treating patients for just one rupee for decades.

Sushovan Banerjee dies one rupee doctor
Sushovan Banerjee received the Padma Shri from former President Ram Nath Kovind. (Image: Twitter/ @Shantanu_bjp)

New Delhi: West Bengal’s famous doctor, Sushovan Banerjee, died on Tuesday, July 26. Popularly known as ‘Ek Takar Daktar‘ or ‘One Rupee Doctor’, he had been treating patients for just one rupee. Dr Banerjee was also an ex-MLA from Bolpur. He had contested on Congress ticket in 1984.

Dr Banerjee was awarded the Padma Shri, the highest civilian honour of the country, in 2020. He was also named in the Guinness World Records for treating the maximum number of patients in 2020. He had been treating patients for nearly 60 years.

Expressing grief over the death of the renowned personality, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Sad to know of the demise of benevolent doctor Sushovan Bandyopadhyay. The famed one-rupee-doctor of Birbhum was known for his public-spirited philanthropy, and I express my sincerest condolences.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and said, “Dr Sushovan Bandyopadhyay epitomised the best of human spirit. He will be remembered as a kind and large hearted person who cured many people. I recall my interaction with him at the Padma Awards ceremony. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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