The shocking and sad news of the death of Comrade A.C.Shah, veteran leader of BSNLEU and former Circle Secretary of E.III Union and BSNLEU in Gujarat Circle and former Vice-President of E.III has been received. Com.D.K.Bakutra from Gujarat informed us the sad news today. We were told that he has passed away on 24th instant.

A few days back I had contacted his number at Himmat Nagar and was told that he is in hospital in ICU at Indore where his son is doing business. I conveyed his son to convey my regards and wishes for his early recovery. I never thought Com. Shah may leave us all like this.

As soon as the sad information was received, I contacted his son Palkesh who informed that his father passed away on 24th and the body was cremated at Indore itself. Com. A.C.Shah, veteran leader of the Telecom workers has left us forever.

Comrade A.C.Shah was the leader in Gujarat who supported the E.III Union and built up a strong organisation there. He stood solidly with the CHQ, despite many hurdles. He was a very close friend of mine and we had mutual respect.

I had the opportunity to tour Gujarat many times along with him during the verification of membership as also on other occasions. He took initiative to hold the CWC of E.III(N) union in Gujarat, when the organisation was facing severe difficulty.

We last met at Jamnagar CEC of AIBDPA in April this year. We discussed about health and family as also matters of the Pensions Association. Though he was weak, I never thought that the end will come so quick. We have lost a very sincere and dedicated veteran comrade who worked full time for the organisation and workers. The fact that he continued to be the District Secretary even after years of his retirement shows his commitment and the trust of the workers in him.

Com.A.C.Shah is no more. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and Comrades. He will live in our minds for long time.

Red Salute to Comrade A.C.Shah!