Shillong: India’s most loved former president APJ Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday after he suddenly fell ill during an event in Shillong.
The 84-year-old president breathed his last at 6:40 PM following a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Kalam, who loved to interact with students and encourage them to work for the country, passed away while interacting to students.
He was rushed to the Bethani Hospital. After putting in their best efforts, doctors could not revive his heart beat. He was later declared brought dead.
Chief Secretary PBO Warjiri told reporters outside the hospital that he had spoken to Union Home Secretary LC Goyal asking for necessary arrangements to be made for carrying Kalam’s body from Guwahati to Delhi tomorrow morning, as per PTI.
Born on October 15 1931 in Rameswaram, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam made his mark as one of India’s top space scientists before taking over as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
Kalam was a recipient of India’s highest civilian honour Bhart Ratna.