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J&K Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed dies, to be buried at ancestral graveyard in Valley
Thursday January 7, 2016 2:13 PM, IANS

New Delhi/Srinagar:
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed passed away here on Thursday, 14 days after he was hospitalised, hospital and family sources said.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said he breathed his last at 9.10 a.m.

"We tried to revive him but failed to," an AIIMS spokesperson told IANS.

Family sources in Srinagar told IANS that the death occurred due to multiple organ failure.

"Unfortunately, Mufti saab has expired," a close aid, Waheed-Ur-Rehman Parra, told IANS in New Delhi.

A family member added that the doctors' best efforts could not save Sayeed, who was brought to AIIMS on December 24 and put on ventilator three days back.

Family sources said that the burial of Sayeed will take place in the evening at the family's ancestral graveyard in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district.

Sayeed's body will be flown to Srinagar in a special plane from Delhi on Thursday afternoon.

"Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will accompany the body along with bereaved family members and some senior state ministers," official sources told IANS.

The sources said the body would be taken to Sayeed's official residence in Srinagar where it would kept for sometime before it is taken for burial to Bijbehara.

Sayeed passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where he had been admitted on December 24 for treatment of chest infection.

Sayeed, who first served as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister in 2002-05, took oath of office in alliance with the BJP this time on March 1 last year. He is the third chief minister of the state to die in office after G.M. Sadiq (1971) and Sheikh Abdullah (1982).



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