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Track legend Milkha Singh to be accorded state funeral, announces Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

 Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister also said that Punjab will observe one day of State mourning as a mark of respect to the departed legend.

Track legend Milkha Singh to be accorded state funeral, announces Punjab CM Amarinder Singh-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jun 19, 2021, 1:45 PM IST
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Milkha Singh will be given a state funeral by the Punjab government and a day's mourning will be observed as a mark of respect to the track legend, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Saturday.

Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister also said that Punjab will observe one day of State mourning as a mark of respect to the departed legend.

"Have directed that Late Milkha Singh Ji will be given a State Funeral by our Government. Also Punjab will observe one day of State mourning as a mark of respect to the departed legend," Amarinder Singh tweeted.

Earlier today, the bereaved family informed about the death of the former Indian Sprinter, also known as the Flying Sikh, in a statement.

"It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away. He fought hard but God has his ways and it was perhaps true love and companionship that both our mother Nirmal Ji and now Dad have passed away in a matter of 5 days," the family said.

Milkha Singh will be cremated in a crematorium in Chandigarh's Sector 25 at 5pm on Saturday. Milkha Singh died aged 91 following a long battle with Covid-19.

The former Indian sprinter had tested positive for Covid-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before he was admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh. Singh, dubbed the "Flying Sikh", passed away at a hospital in Chandigarh late on Friday. Nirmal Kaur, former India volleyball captain and his wife, also died from Covid-19 earlier in the week.

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