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Giani Zail Singh’s widow dead
Our Correspondent

Faridkot, May 11
Mrs Pardhan Kaur widow of former President Giani Zail Singh, died at her native village Sandhwan at about 7.45 a.m. today. She was 83 and leaves behind three daughters and a son. Her cremation will take place at Sandhwan village
tomorrow with state honours.

On hearing the news, a large number of leaders and workers of the Congress and those of other parties, besides Mr Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon and Mr Mantar Singh Brar, both SAD MLAs, and Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, reached the village to sympathise with the bereaved family. The Deputy Commissioner said Mr Tej Prakash Singh, Minister for Transport, Punjab, would represent the state government at her funeral. In his condolence message, the President Mr K.R. Narayanan, remembered her for always standing by Giani Zail Singh. Mr S.K. Gupta, a close associate of Giani Zail Singh, said the deceased was suffering from kidney problem since the past one month.

After the death of Giani Zail Singh in a road accident on December 25, 1995, near Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar district, Mrs Pardhan Kaur stayed at the official bungalow in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, allocated by the Central Government to the late President. However, off and on she visited Chandigarh and Sandhwan to meet her family members.

NEW DELHI: The President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, has condoled the death of Ms Pradhan Kaur, wife of former president Giani Zail Singh. Ms Pradhan Kaur, 83 died today at Sandhwa village after prolonged illness. She is survived by three daughters and a son.

In a message to Mr Joginder Singh, son of former President, from his camp office in Udagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, Mr Narayanan conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

The Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, also expressed profound grief and sorrow on the death of Ms Pardhan Kaur.

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen (retd) J.F.R Jacob, in a statement has expressed grief and sorrow at the demise of Pardhan Kaur.

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