Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) national vice president Omkar Bhave passed away here on Thursday following a brief illness. He was 85.
"He (Bhave) passed away at VHP office here around 11.15 am," the organisation's spokesman Vinod Bansal said.
Bhave had been admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital on June 27 after he complained of breathlessness. Doctors after examining him found 70 per cent congestion in his right lungs and immediately put him on ventilator at ICU.
"As his condition was not improving, Bhave was brought to the VHP office here today (Thursday) where he passed away," he said.
"Bhave, a bachelor, was a lifetime pracharak. He devoted his entire life in serving the nation," Bansal said.
Born on July 26, 1924 at Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, Bhave joined RSS in 1938.
He later completed his graduation from Prayag University in 1945 and became a lifetime pracharak of Sangh and served the organisation in various capacities.
Bhave actively participated in Ram Janma Bhumi movement and in the movement launched during emergency in 1975. He was made national vice president of VHP this year.