Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SRINAGAR — The swab samples of a former Union Minister P Namgyal returned positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, making it the first case of COVID-19 fatality in Ladakh.

Three-time Congress MP from Ladakh, the 83-year-old had died yesterday and is survived by his wife and three daughters. Namgyal had returned from Delhi nearly a fortnight ago.

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“His swap sample came out to be positive today,” Commissioner Secretary, Ladakh, Rigzin Samphel, said over phone.

Widely respected among Buddhists in Ladakh, Namgyal was also an agriculturist, and a social worker, besides having interest in sports and music as well.

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He had served the Pradesh Congress Committee in the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State as Secretary General and Vice President. He also remained Union Minister of State during 1988-89.

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