Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti dies of heart attack aged 61

Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti dies of heart attack aged 61

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was 'pained' by the news.

Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti passed away in Bengaluru late on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. He had been admitted to the ICU in Bengaluru's Ramaiah hospital after collapsing at his Dollars Colony home. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condoled the lawmaker's demise, calling it a 'huge loss for the state'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was 'pained' by the news.

"Umesh Katti Ji was an experienced leader who made rich contributions to Karnataka’s development. Pained by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this tragic hour. Om Shanti," Modi wrote.

"Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of my close colleague Shri Umesh Katti, Minister of Forests. With his demise, the state has lost a skilled diplomat, active leader and loyal public servant. I pray that the Lord gives strength to his family to bear his loss," CM Bommai added in a tweet.

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"I've lost a very close friend of mine. he was a brother to me. He had some heart issues but we never thought he'll pass away so soon. He has done a lot of work for the state. He handled several portfolios efficiently. It is a huge loss for the state. He has left a huge vacuum which is very difficult to fill up," Bommai told news agency ANI.

Katti's mortal remains will be shifted by air ambulance and his last rites will be performed with state honours at Bagewadi Belagavi. All procedures will be done after public viewing till 2 pm at Sankeshwara.

CM Bommai also said that a holiday has been announced in Belagavi's schools and colleges today.

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