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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen On Monday thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for offering her support to him in connection with the case on 'illegal land encroachment' on the premises of the Visva-Bharati university in Shantiniketan.

Visva Bharati, a central university, had said that Sen's family was in "illegal" possession of the land on the campus.

The noted economist has accused the Visva Bharati vice chancellor of acting at the behest of the Centre "with its growing control over Bengal".

The 87-year-old, in his letter to the TMC supremo, said that he was "very happy" and "touched" to get Mamata's "wonderfully supportive letter".

"I am not only most touched, but also very resassured that despite the busy life you have to lead, you can find time for reassuring people under attack. Your strong voice, along with your full understanding of what is going on, is, for me, a tremendous source of strength," wrote the Nobel laureate in his letter to the West Bengal Chief Minister.

Sen continued, "May I send you my deep appreciation of the warmth of your extremely kind letter. I also take the liberty of conveying to you my thanks as well as my personal affection and admiration."

'Tremendous source of strength': Nobel laureate Amartya Sen thanks Mamata for backing him in Visva-Bharati 'illegal land grab' case

Notably, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is being attacked by the BJP for his views against the Union government.

Banerjee last week had written a letter to Sen expressing her anguish after Visva Bharati, a central university, had said that Sen's family was in "illegal" possession of land on the campus.

"Amartya Sen is being attacked for his views against the Union government. This is completely unacceptable. Just like, I am being attacked for my political views," she said while talking to reporters at Bolpur in West Bengal.

(With inputs from agencies)

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