Dr Shiekh Jalaludin, one of Kashmir valley’s top cardiologists and former head of the prestigious Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), who was injured critically in a militant attack last month, died on Saturday morning at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
“Dr Jalal, who had remained in coma for 21 days, passed away around 8.30 in the morning,” said AIIMS medical superintendent Dr DK Sharma. “For more than two weeks in Delhi, He was treated by top neurosurgeons. We tried our level best to save him but couldn’t,” he added.
On July 18, Dr Jalal took bullets in the head in an attack in the outskirts of Srinagar, which left his personnel security officer dead. The militants also took away the guard’s weapons. No militant organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.
Dr Jalal was on the militant hit list but police in Srinagar are investigating if it was an attack on his guard, given a series of recent attacks on policemen. Dr Jalal was shifted to AIIMS on July 21. The immediate cause of death most likely was heart attack.
Omar mourns death
Srinagar: Chief minister Omar Abdullah has mourned the death of cardiologist Dr Shiekh Jalaludin, describing it a great loss to society in general and the doctor fraternity in particular.
In his condolence message, the CM has expressed solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved family, and prayed for peace to the departed soul. In a separate message, union minister for new and renewable energy and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah has also expressed grief over the death of Dr Jalal.
In a statement to the press on Saturday, parliamentarian Saifuddin Soz, former union minister and now state Congress president, expressed deepest anguish on the demise of the former director of the prestigious Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). “It was so tragic that he was fired upon even though he was a private citizen and, in people’s estimation, an innocent person,” he said.
Soz requested the state government to catch the cardiologist’s killers and bring them to justice. “It’s the common sentiment in Kashmir,” he said.