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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam collapsed while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Guwhati (File Image)[/caption]
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam
on Monday had congratulated a constable for remaining alert throughout the day, minutes before he collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management and died here last night.
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"The former President congratulated an SOT (special operation team) personnel for being alert throughout the road trip from Guwahati to Shillong last evening," East Khasi Hills
district SP M Kharkrang said.
He said the personnel at first got scared after Kalam summoned him. But then the VVIP acknowledged the constable for doing his duty properly.
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Mourning the loss, Kharkrang said, "What makes him truly great is his acknowledgement of the simple things in life done rightly."
Kalam arrived at 5:40 PM at the IIM guest house in Shillong and began delivering a lecture on 'Creating a live-able planet' when he collapsed and rushed to the Bethany hospital here.
He was declared dead at 7:45 PM by the medical board of the hospital.
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Meghalaya government has declared a state holiday on Tuesday as a mark of respect to Kalam who breathed his last in the city.