PM Modi expresses grief over death of Karnataka minister Umesh Katti

Umesh Katti

On the demise of Karnataka Minister of Forests Umesh Katti Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed his condolences.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Shri 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.”

Earlier on Tuesday Katti passed away after suffering from a heart attack.

Meanwhile, at his Dollars Colony home, the minister felt chest pain and collapsed after which he was shifted to Ramaiah hospital.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condoled Katti’s death and said, “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 said.

CM Bommai called the late minister a ‘brother’ and said, “His (Umesh Katti) body will be shifted by air ambulance. All procedures will be done after public viewing till 2 pm at Sankeshwara. The last rites will be performed with state honors at Bagewadi Belagavi. Holiday announced in schools and colleges today in Belagavi,” Bommai said.

Moreover, Karnataka Minister for Higher Education, Ashwathnarayan CN also expressed his grief and said, “He had cardiac issues. Because of the massive heart attack, he lost his life. He was a man of few words. He has always been a people’s man.”

However, the HOD of Emergency services at Ramaiah Hospital, Dr. Arnuna Ramesh said, “He was brought in at 10.30 pm. He was unconscious, not breathing and he did not have a pulse. So as a routine, it is considered a cardiac arrest. Whatever was necessary was done. In spite of all our efforts, we could not revive him. At 11.40 pm, we declared him dead. Unfortunately, he must have had a massive heart attack at home. He already had a cardiac problem.”