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Former J-K Governor Lt Gen Sinha passes away; President, PM pay condolences

Updated: Nov 17, 2016 14:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 17 (ANI): Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lieutenant General (Retd.) Srinivas Kumar Sinha passed away on Thursday after brief illness.

He breathed his last at the R.R. Hospital, New Delhi. He is survived by his wife, son and IFS officer Y K Sinha, who is at present Indian Ambassador to Sri Lanka and is moving for his new posting to the UK, and three daughters.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has paid his condolences, saying, "Heartfelt condolences on demise of Lt. Gen. S K Sinha, former Governor of J&K and Assam #PresidentMukherjee"

"Lt. Gen. Sinha will be always remembered for his distinguished service to the nation in different spheres #PresidentMukherjee," the official Twitter handle of President of India tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his condolences to the former Governor of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir saying, "Deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Lt Gen (retd) Srinivas K Sinha, former Governor of J&K and Assam. Had the opportunity of meeting Lt Gen (retd) Srinivas K Sinha just a few days ago. His service to our nation will always be remembered."

Lt. Gen. Sinha was born in Gaya, Bihar, the son of Mithilesh Kumar Sinha, IP, the first Indian Inspector-General of Police of the state.

In 1997, he was appointed Governor of Assam and on June 4, 2003, he took over as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt Gen Sinha had joined army in 1943 and has also served as India Ambassador to Nepal and as the Governor of Assam. (ANI)