NEW DELHI: Former Jammu and Kashmir governor Girish Chandra Saxena, lovingly called Gary, died here on Friday after a brief illness, his family said.
He was 90.
Saxena’s brother Naresh Chandra, former cabinet secretary and ambassador to the US, said he was rushed to a hospital in the wee hours after he complained of breathlessness.
He was declared dead at 4:30am, Chandra said. He was born in Agra in 1928 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
An IPS officer of the 1950-batch of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Saxena had the most successful tenure as Governor of J&K and was credited with the revival of state polices’ intelligence mechanism, where he used his experience of heading the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW).
He was RAW Director between 1983-86.
Saxena came to J&K at a time when the entire Kashmir Valley was facing a turmoil following killing of Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq by militants of terror group Hizbul Mujahidden.
“No militancy can be fought without the local police,” he had said when he was the Governor in the second term.
Chandra recalled that 10 days back his brother, while being wheeled out from intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital, had held the hand of the doctor and said “I don’t have any stress other than the happenings in Jammu and Kashmir.
“He was deeply committed, even at this age, about the developments and happenings in Jammu and Kashmir,” Chandra said.