Former Governor of Haryana, Bihar and West Bengal, educationist and Jamia Millia Islamia alumnus AR Kidwai who died on Wednesday was laid to rest on Thursday after Zuhar prayer in Jamia’s graveyard with guard-of-honour.
A resident of Zakir Bagh in Okhla, he died after a brief illness at a city hospital and was 96.
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People started pouring in from different parts of the city to pay their last obeisance. Vice president of India, vice chancellors of AMU and JMI were also present.
Kidwai is survived by two sons and four daughters. After his death Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “My condolences on the passing away of Dr AR Kidwai. His long career in public life included many roles & responsibilities. Dr AR Kidwai distinguished himself in the fields of education and social welfare. May his soul rest in peace.”
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the passing away of Dr AR Kidwai former Gov of Bihar, Bengal & Haryana. A scholar & a humanist his loss will be deeply mourned.”
Akhlaq Ur Rahman Kidwai was born in 1920. His death was mourned on the social media also with several Jamia alumni expressing their grief. Many lamented that he will be missed for years to come as he was active despite age old.