Dileep Padgaonkar, journalist and Kashmir peace interlocutor, dies at 72

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Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, who was a part of the three-member interlocutors group for Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, died in Pune on Friday after brief illness.

The 72-year-old Padgaonkar, a former editor of The Times of India, was unwell for past several weeks and died at a hospital in Pune, family sources said.

He passed away at a private hospital in Pune where he was brought in a critical condition last week.

“Padgaonkar was brought to Ruby Hall Clinic here from Prayag Hospital in a critical condition on November 18. When he was brought here, he was on ventilator support and there was multi-organ failure. From the day of admission, he was on dialysis and ventilator support,” Sanjay Pathare, Director, medical services, Ruby Hall Clinic said.

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Pathare said a team of doctors tried to revive Padgaonkar. He breathed his last on Friday.