Jammu, Feb 4 (UNI) Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and ex-governor of Asom, Devi Dass Thakur died last night at PGI Chandigarh.
Thakur, 78, who was on dialysis following cardiac arrest, breathed his last at 2030 hrs, sources said.
He is survived by his wife Saraswati Thakur, two sons and five daughters.
The last rites were performed at the Jogi Ground cremation ground here this evening this evening.
Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, his cabinet colleagues, former Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad, Udhampur MP Lal Singh, leader of opposition A R Rather, judges, lawyers, senior civil and police officers and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
A wreath was also laid on the body on behalf of former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) S K Sinha condoled the death of the veteran leader in a message to the bereaved family.
On behalf of the Governor, a wreath was laid at the mortal remains of Thakur at his residence here before the body was taken for the last rites.
Meanwhile, the bar association, Jammu has declared a three-day mourning to pay homage to Thakur.
Thakur was born in 1930 at village Batroo in Ramban tehsil of Doda district.
He became judge of the state High Court in 1973, but resigned later to join the cabinet of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, former Prime Minister of the state, in 1975 as Finance Minister after the Indira-Sheikh accord.
He served as deputy Chief Minister of the state from 1984-86 in G M Shah's government.
In 1989, when V P Singh's government came to power at the Centre, Thakur was appointed as the Governor of Asom and was later given additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh.
He also served as the chairman of economic council of seven north-eastern states. He resigned as Governor in 1991.
He also wrote an autobiography titled 'My Life- Years in Kashmir Politics'.