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Padam Shri Nirmal Singh, Hazoori raagi of Golden Temple succumbs to Covid-19

April 02, 2020 01:41 PM

AMRITSAR: Former Hazori Ragi of Golden Temple Nirmal Singh (62) who was tested positive of Corona virus is no more.
Principal Government Medical College Dr. Sujata Sharma said, last evening his condition started to deteriorate and shifted to ventilator and today in the morning at 4.30 a.m. he breathed his last.

Yesterday, his report given by the Government Medical college was positive.With this death, now death toll due to Corona virus count has become three.

Earlier, on March 30, in suspicion Ragi Nirmal Singh was admitted in the General ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, since his chest x-ray indicated severe chest infection along with lungs.

Nirmal Singh has recently returned from abroad, on his return he was feeling breathlessness, dizziness and fever. On 29thMarch his tests were carried out in the Shri Guru Ramdas Research Institute of Medical Sciences and hospital and finally he was referred to Guru Nanak Hospital for further advanced diagnose.  

His two daughters, one son, wife, his driver, two sewadars, two of his assistant besides one chacha and chachi accompanied  Ragi at Chandigarh to perform Kirtan at Sector 27, Kothi number 73.

The people accompanying him Chandigarh on March 19, were isolated in the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and their blood samples being taken after his death.

Chandigarh administration was also informed about religious gathering at sector 27 to take necessary steps in this regard, she added.

Civil surgeon Dr. Prabdeep Kaur Johal  said, “There is Possibility of community spread. And we are trying to get history of any other visit by him to some other religious smagam. Before and after”.

It is also learnt that after his return from abroad, he also held big SAMELAN (large religious gathering) in Delhi and some other places.

He is one of the excellent raagis having knowledge of all the 31 Raags in Gurbani of Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

For his services in the field of "arts", he was awarded the Padma Shri award (India's fourth highest civilian award) by the government of India in 2009. He was the first hazoori raagi to receive this award.

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