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Up to date: December 4, 2020 8:11:08 pm
Lakshadweep Administrator Dineshwar Sharma, who earlier headed the Intelligence Bureau and was additionally the Interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, died Friday in Chennai owing to a lung ailment. The 66-year-old retired IPS officer of the Kerala cadre had been appointed administrator of the Lakshdweep Union Territory in October 2019.
Sources mentioned Sharma was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on November 25 with complaints of heavy coughing and issues in his lungs. On November 27, he was shifted to MGM Hospital in Chennai for a final minute lung transplant however his situation deteriorated sharply within the final 24 hours. He had been recognized with an irreversible situation referred to as interstitial lungs, mentioned sources.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah expressed grief on his dying.
“Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma Ji made lengthy lasting contributions to India’s policing and safety equipment. He dealt with many delicate counter terror and insurgency ops throughout his policing profession. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his household. Om Shanti,” Modi mentioned in a tweet.
<p “width=420″ lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma Ji made lengthy lasting contributions to India’s policing and safety equipment. He dealt with many delicate counter terror and insurgency ops throughout his policing profession. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his household. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2020
Shah mentioned he was deeply anguished on the passing away Sharma. “He served the nation with utmost devotion as a devoted officer of the Indian Police Service. My heartfelt condolences to his household on this hour of grief. Om Shanti,” Shah mentioned in a tweet.
<p “width=420″ lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Deeply anguished to be taught concerning the passing away of Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma ji. He served the nation with utmost devotion as a devoted officer of the Indian Police Service. My heartfelt condolences to his household on this hour of grief. Om Shanti.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 4, 2020
Born in Bihar, Sharma had had a protracted stint within the Intelligence Bureau earlier than he grew to become its chief in 2014. Following his retirement in 2016, the federal government appointed him because the Interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir in October 2017 owing to his lengthy affiliation with the area as an intelligence officer. Sharma was assistant director within the IB in Kashmir between 1994 and 1996 after which went on to serve on the Kashmir desk of the bureau within the nationwide capital.
“He was the fitting man for the job. Very respectable, right down to earth and affected person. Sadly, his quick time period as interlocutor couldn’t obtain a lot,” a senior intelligence official mentioned.
Sources mentioned a part of the explanation was he didn’t get a lot assist from Delhi after some extent. “He began effectively, with confidence constructing measures resembling withdrawal of FIRs towards many stone-pelters and convincing the federal government to tame the anti-Kashmir rhetoric on jingoistic TV channels. Nevertheless, Delhi didn’t give him a lot to supply the Kashmiris after that. In Valley, if individuals know you wouldn’t have the authority to get something carried out, nobody will speak to you. That’s what occurred with Sharma on the later stage,” a senior Kashmir administration official mentioned.
Certainly, a number of months after his removing because the Kashmir interlocutor and eventual switch to Lakshadweep, Centre stripped the state of its particular standing and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019.
The soft-spoken intelligence veteran is remembered by his colleagues as an intensive gentleman who centered on his work and by no means lobbied for a coveted submit. In truth, on the time of his retirement, authorities supplied him an extension as IB chief however Sharma refused as it will have disadvantaged his then deputy Rajeev Jain a shot on the prime submit because the latter was retiring within the subsequent three months.
Aside from J&Ok, Sharma had served in UP, Nagaland and Manipur, and as extra director and particular director in IB within the headquarters. Sharma was recognized to have in-depth understanding of security-related issues and had labored carefully for a very long time with Nationwide Safety Adviser Ajit Doval.
Sharma was additionally instrumental in formulating a authorities coverage in direction of tackling the Islamic State (IS) and the specter of radicalisation of younger Muslims in India. It was beneath Sharma’s insistence that the federal government took a “calibrated method” and stalled additional radicalisation by the IS. As a substitute of ordering the arrest of those youths, Sharma is understood to have inspired counselling and constructing confidence of oldsters of those radicalised younger males.
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