Lakshwadeep administrator, former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma dies at 66

Administrator of Lakshwadeep, Dineshwar Sharma passed away at the age of 66 on Friday. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Chennai on November 25 and later moved to the MGM hospital in the capital city of Tamil Nadu on November 27.

Initial reports suggest that Dineshwar Sharma died of interstitial lung disease (ILD).

Prior to his appointment as the Administrator of Lakshwadeep, Dineshwar Sharma also served as the central government’s interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.

A former IPS officer from the Kerala Cadre, Dineshwar Sharma joined the Indian Police Service in 1979. His initial posting was as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Kerala’s Palghat. He also served as the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Cannanore, Wayanad and Kasargod districts.

In addition, Sharma served as the Commandant of Malabar Special Police Battalion and Assistant Inspector General of Police at Police HQ in Trivandrum.

He joined the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as Assistant Director in January 1991 and took over as the 25th IB Director on December 31, 2014.

A recipient of the Indian Police Medal for meritorious service in 1997, Dineshwar Sharma was also conferred the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2003. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.

“An outstanding police officer, Shri Sharma’s expertise in internal security was particularly noteworthy. My deepest condolences to his family and friends,” President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet while expressing shock at the demise of Dineshwar Sharma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Dineshwar Sharma. In a tweet, he said, “He handled many sensitive counter terror and insurgency ops during his policing career. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Deeply anguished to learn about the passing away of Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma ji. He served the nation with utmost devotion as a dedicated officer of the Indian Police Service. My heartfelt condolences to his family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.”

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