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Former NC MLA dies of COVID-19 in Reasi

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Lt Governor condoles demise

Jammu: Senior National Conference leader and former legislator Thakur Rachpal Singh died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Reasi district on Monday, officials said.

The 69-year-old Singh is survived by wife, son and two daughters, a party leader said.

Singh, a resident of Sialsui village of Kalakote in Rajouri district, was admitted to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality hospital at Kakriyal in Reasi on September 05 after testing positive for the infection, the officials said.

An official at the hospital said the National Conference leader was suffering from fever, cough and also complained of breathlessness.

He breathed his last after suffering a massive heart attack in the early hours of Monday, he said.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha extended his heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of former MLA.

In a condolence message, the Lt Governor prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Singh had won Assembly elections twice on National Conference ticket from his home constituency Kalakote in 2002 and 2008 but lost the election to his BJP rival Abdul Ghani Kohli in the 2014 Assembly polls.

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