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Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy dies


Press Trust of India Shillong/Gurgaon
Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness, officials said.
He was 64.
Roy, a former chief minister of Meghalaya, was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, where he was undergoing treatment for the last 10 days, his family members said.
His condition deteriorated after suffering multi-organ failure on Sunday afternoon, they added.
"Dr Donkupar Roy has passed away today at 2.40 pm at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. He was hospitalised there on July 18, 2019," a statement from the Meghalaya assembly secretariat said.
A senior doctor at Medanta Hospital told PTI: "He was brought to our hospital on July 18 and succumbed to multi-organ failure at 2.43 pm today (Sunday). His body has been handed over to the family."

Roy's body will be flown to his official residence in the early hours of Monday, said Meghalaya Assembly's Commissioner and Secretary Andrew Simons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over Roy's demise, saying he "transformed many lives".
"Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya's progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.
In his condolence message, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy termed the Speaker's death as "unfortunate and untimely".
"Deeply saddened to know of the unfortunate and untimely death of Donkupar Roy (64). He was the speaker of Meghalaya legislative assembly, a former chief minister of Meghalaya and the president of the United Democratic Party. RIP Om Shanti," Governor Roy said in a tweet.
Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People's Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma too expressed grief over Roy's passing away.
"Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. We have lost a leader, a mentor, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May Almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul RIP," he tweeted.

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First Published: Jul 28 2019 | 10:35 PM IST

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