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Former BMC chief K Nalinakshan dies from severe burns

Nalinakshan sustained severe burns after his dhoti caught fire while performing pooja on Wednesday morning.

Written by Yogesh Naik | Mumbai |
Updated: July 9, 2021 9:40:18 pm
Former BMC Commissioner K Nalinakshan.

Former Municipal Commissioner K Nalinakshan (79) died from burn injuries at Masina Hospital Friday morning. Nalinakshan sustained severe burns after his dhoti caught fire while performing pooja on Wednesday morning.

An IAS officer of the 1967 batch, Nalinakshan was from Kozhikode. He worked as the municipal commissioner of Mumbai from 1999 to 2001 and afterwards as the additional chief secretary of transport and excise in Mantralaya. He resided at Charleville apartments on A Road at Churchgate.

His son, Srijith, told The Indian Express: “My father never missed pooja. He performed pooja every morning. On Wednesday morning, while doing prayers, his lungi caught fire from the burning camphor lamp. My mother and help were at home at the time and the door of the pooja room was locked from the inside. When they realised the situation, things had turned serious. They could not remove his lungi as he was also wearing a belt. We got him admitted to the burns section of Masina Hospital in Byculla. He was coherent on the first day but his condition deteriorated later. The prognosis was not good from day one. He passed away on Friday.’’

Srijith said his father suffered 80 to 90 per cent burns.

Nalinakshan is survived by his wife, three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. One of his sons resides in Hong Kong. The date of the last rites is yet to be decided.

Former chief secretary, Johny Joseph, said, “When I was the CEO of Akola, he was the collector of Akola district. The Superintendent of Police was K Padmanabh and the Managing Director of Seeds Corporation (based in Akola) was T Balaraman. It was the Emergency period and we worked as a team. All of us were from Kerala. In 1976, the then Union agriculture minister K C Pant came to Akola on a visit and asked us whether he had landed in Akola or Kerala. Nalinakshan and I implemented the 20-point-programme of the then UPA government. Our friendship continued even after retirement.”

CP Shashi Meena of Zone 1 said, “As of now, there is no foul play and we made an entry in the accidental death register as per Section 174 of Cr PC.”

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