Former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal passed away in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning, news agency ANI reported. He was 61.
The actor-turned-politician was an MLA from Alipore between 2001 and 2006. In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he won from the Krishnanagar constituency.
According to a PTI report, Paul had gone to Mumbai to visit his daughter. He complained of chest pain at the Mumbai airport during his return to Kolkata and was rushed to a hospital in Juhu but died around 4 AM. He had been suffering from heart ailments and been to hospitals several times for treatment during the past two years.
In 2014, Pal was caught on camera threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their ‘women raped’ if any of TMC workers were attacked, according to The Indian Express. Pal was arrested in December 2016 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the Ponzi firm Rose Valley Group. He was released after serving a 13 months sentence. He remained away from films since then.
Pal made his debut with film Dadar Kirti in 1980 and became a known household name because of his lead roles in Saheb (1981), Parabat Priya (1984), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Anurager Choyan (1986) and Amar Bandhan (1986). He was awarded the Filmfare Award for Saheb in 1981.
Veteran Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick described Paul’s death as untimely. "I am yet to come to terms with the news. He was like my younger mother. Yes he was not keeping well for some time," Mallick told PTI.
Pal is survived by his wife Nandini Pal and daughter Sohini Pal. His wife is currently a participant of Bigg Boss Bangla and daughter is an actor.