Administrator of Lakshadweep, Dineshwar Sharma, passed away on Friday due to lung-related complications, officials said. He was 66.
Sharma, a former director of the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed as the administrator of Lakshadweep in October 2019. Prior to this, he was an interlocutor for the Centre to Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the death of Sharma.
"Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma Ji made long lasting contributions to India's policing and security apparatus. He handled many sensitive counter terror and insurgency ops during his policing career. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted.
In his tweet, Shah said: "Deeply anguished to learn about the passing away of Administrator of Lakshadweep Shri Dineshwar Sharma ji. He served the nation with utmost devotion as a dedicated officer of the Indian Police Service. My heartfelt condolences to his family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti".
Sharma was a 1976-batch IPS officer and belonged to the Kerala cadre.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has expressed grief over the demise.
"I am saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Dineshwar Sharma. He was an able administrator who worked with great determination and utmost dedication to serve the nation", the Lt Governor said. The Lt Governor prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members & well-wishers.