Shahid, Zafar bereaved

JAMMU: Ch Salam Din, father of Deputy Commissioner, Bandipore, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and senior journalist, Zaffar Choudhary died of cardiac arrest near his home village Rehan in Kandi area of Rajouri on Wednesday.

Family sources said that Salam Din, a retired Revenue officer was engaged in social work after his retirement about a decade back. He was returning from a nearby village after settlement of a family dispute and holding a few Panchayat related meetings.

While moving on- foot towards his village along with 5-6 other villagers, he complained of chest pain at around 4 pm and sat on a stone there. Then after some time, he turned unconscious. He was rushed to District Hospital, Rajouri where he was declared as dead.

Today his burial took place at his home village where many top bureaucrats, political leaders and people from all walks of life assembled to pay their last tributes to the departed noble soul. The deceased was also brother-in-law of former minister and senior PDP leader Ch Zulfkar Ali.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam and have condoled the sad demise of Ch Salam Din father of DC, Shahid Iqbal. They have conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, Managing Committee of the Press Club of Jammu has also conveyed its condolences to its senior Member Zaffar Choudhary, on the sad and sudden demise of his father. During a special meeting here today, the Press fraternity members observed a 2-minute silence to pay their respect of the departed soul.


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