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Amitabh Choudhary cremated with state honours in Ranchi

CM, ICC  condole death of IPS turned cricket administrator

Ranchi, August 17: Chief Minister Hemant Soren attended the last rites of former IPS and former Chairman of Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) Amitabh Choudhary at Muktidham, Harmu Road, Ranchi today.

Amitabh Chaudhary was given a final farewell with state honours. The Chief Minister paid homage by laying a wreath on the mortal remains of the deceased and prayed to God to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss. The Chief Minister met other family members including wife, son and daughter of late Amitabh Chaudhary and consoled them. The Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the family and well-wishers of late Chaudhary. Minister Mithilesh Thakur, Rajya Sabha MP Mahua Maji, Jharkhand Pradesh Congress president  Rajesh Thakur, BJP MLA  Biranchi Narayan and other dignitaries and a large number of well-wishers of late Chaudhary were present on the occasion.

The International Cricket Council on Wednesday condoled the death of former BCCI secretary and ICC director Amitabh Chaudhary.

Chaudhary died of a heart attack on Tuesday morning.

He was 62.

“It is sad to hear of the passing of Amitabh Chaudhary. On behalf of the ICC, I extend my deepest condolences to our colleagues at the BCCI as well as his family and friends,” ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said in a release.

A retired senior IPS officer, Chaudhary played a major role in building one of the finest cricket stadiums in Ranchi and was instrumental in bringing international cricket and IPL to the industrial town.

He had also served as a BCCI joint secretary and was an administrative manager with the Indian team on a few occasions.

Chaudhary’s acting secretaryship tenure coincided with Indian cricket’s darkest administrative period when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) was in charge.

Earlier, The last rites were performed by son Abhishek Choudhary amid state honours. Wife Nirmala Kaur and daughter Niyati besides two sisters of the deceased cricket boss were present during the last rites.

A condolence meeting was held at Jharkhand Police headquarters at Dhurwa. DGP Neeraj Sinha and other officials shared memories of their association with Amitabh Choudhary and said that his death has caused irreplaceable damage to cricket and Jharkhand.

Born on July 6, 1960 at Manigachi block in Darbhanga of Bihar, he completed his B. Tech from IIT Kharagpur. The next year he was selected for Indian Police Service. He served as SSP of Ranchi in 1997.

Amitabh Choudhary was a name to reckon with in the field of sports specially cricket. He became a member of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) BCCI in 2002. In 2005 he defeated the then deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto and became the president of Jharkhand State Cricket Association. 

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