Wife of former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar dies of Covid

Shanta and wife were admitted to the college on December 27 after being tested positive for coronavirus

Wife of former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar dies of Covid

Shailja Sharma. Tribune file photo

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, December 29

Shailja Sharma, wife of former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar, died of Covid in the early hours of Tuesday at Tanda Medical College.

She was 75.

Shanta Kumar and his wife were admitted to the college on December 27 after being tested positive for coronavirus infection.

Sources here said that yesterday the authorities had tried to shift Shailja Sharma to Medenta Hospital in Gurgaon, but it could not be done.

She suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning.

Authorities were now preparing for her cremation as per covid protocols.

PM Narendra Modi had spoken to Shanta Kumar on Sunday to enquire after his and his family's health.

Shailza was undergoing treatment at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, in Kangra district of the state. She was admitted to the facility after testing positive for COVID-19 a few days ago.

In separate Facebook posts, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Saizal prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the family members to bear the loss.

Himachal Pradesh BJP in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, co-incharge Sanjay Tandon and state BJP president Suresh Kashyap also expressed grief.

Shanta Kumar was also admitted to the Tanda hospital on Saturday, a day after he tested positive for the disease.

His four other family members, his personal secretary, security officer and driver have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called him on Sunday to enquire about his and his family members’ health. — With PTI

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