Jatin Mipun passes away

The 54-year-old IPS officer, known for his contribution to Asomiya, Mising and English literatures, went to Goa with his wife and two sons on January 10. On Saturday night, he suffered from a stroke and was rushed to a hospital where he breathed his last at 2 a.m.
Born at Gandhia Mising Gaon under Nakachari mouza in Jorhat district on August 1, 1952, Mipun started contributing to different magazines and newspapers from 1968. Mipun, who began his career as a lecturer of Sociology in Dhemaji College and Dibrugarh University, joined as the First District Research Officer in 1979 at Diphu. He joined as ACS(1) in 1980 and was posted as an Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) in Dhubri. Mipun was awarded the PhD degree by Dibrugarh University for his thesis entitled Mising Samaj aru Sanskritit Adhunikotar Pravab (Influence of Modernism in Mising Society and Culture) in April, 1998. He joined in State Fire Service as Director (in the rank of DGP, Asom Police) on September 30, 1997. Mipun, who was promoted as IGP on August 14, 2002, was due to retire on July 31, 2012. He was the first person from the Mising tribe to join as the Indian Police Service in 1983 in Asom-Meghalaya cadre.
Mipun’s best known novel Miksijili, for which he got Ambikagiri Rai Choudhury Award from the Axom Xahitya Xabha, was telecast by Doordarshan as a serial. Besides this novel, other books of Mipun are Kangkanor Prithivi, Axom Darshan, Mipak Makab, Tani Agom, Joyosreer Kothare, Lajjar Desot Laj Pai Ahilo, Kati Bihur Ruprekha, Axom Darshan, Barta Pakhilir Nirvachit Golpo, Missing Culture of Assam etc. Another book of Mipun, who was the chief editor of magazine Barta Pakhili, which is to be released soon is Atai. Dupor Nixar Banhit is the volume of his collection of poems. His Barta Pakhilir Nirvachit Golpo was released on January 6 which was his last meeting on dais. Mipun was also awarded Bharat Jyoti award in 2003 by the India International Society.
Mipun’s body was taken to Guwahati today and was taken to the State Fire Service, DGP office and Axom Xahita Xabha office before being cremated at Sonaighuli, Kahilipara where he owns a plot of land. Mipun is survived by his wife Nilima Mipun, also an ACS officer, and three sons. He was residing at his Patarkuchi house in Basistha.
Meanwhile, Asom Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, AGP president Bridabon Goswami, Axom Xahitya Xabha president Kanaksen Deka, Asom Police DGP RN Mathur have condoled death of Dr Mipun whom they termed as an able administrator and a powerful writer.
Condoling the death of Mipun, Editor of Varta Pakhili Brajen Deka said, “Asom has lost a powerful writer of recent times. The Varta Pakhili and the AXX are gong to organize a condolence meeting at Bhagawati Prasad Baruah Bhavan in the city on January 18 at 3 pm.”

(The Sentinel.16.01.2007)