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Chhattisgarh DGP died of cardiac failure

Om Prakash Rathor dies after he collapse while giving a speech on the occasion of Anti-Terrorism Day in Raipur, reports Ejaz Kaiser.

india Updated: May 21, 2007 17:53 IST

Chhattisgarh's top cop, Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor died after he collapsed while giving a speech on the occasion of Anti-Terrorism Day in Raipur, late Monday noon. He was rushed to Escort Heart Hospital in Raipur where doctors declared him dead after trying to revive him.

According to Dr Sandeep Shrivastava, chief cardiac surgeon Escort Hospital, there was no heart beat nor breathing when the DGP was brought to the hospital.

“We did our best to revive him”, said Shrivastava. The DGP was a diabetic and doctors suspect that he died of a massive cardiac failure.

Rathor, a 1973 IPS officer, was born in Himachal Pradesh on January 15, 1949. Originally from Madhya Pradesh cadre he joined Chhattisgarh after the division of the state.

He was appointed DGP of naxal infested Chhattisgarh state on July 15, 2004. He remained a supporter of Salwa Judum (tribal’s peace campaign against naxal menace). He is survived by his wife and two sons.

His body has been taken for post-mortem after permission from his son and wife who are presently in the United States.

His younger son Abhishek was with him when Rathor was admitted to the Escort.

Chief minister Raman Singh, Home Minister Ramvichar Netam and leader of opposition Mahendra Karma reached the hospital. “Chhattisgarh has lost a competent officer”, said the chief minister in his condolence message.

Email author: ejaz.kaiser@hindustantimes.com