West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday lashed out at the West Bengal government and the administration under him and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the death of playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK.
KK had recorded songs in several languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati.
“The death of KK was very painful. Several people have sent me videos, and I have seen those videos. My heart bleeds. There could not have been more mismanagement,” the Governor told reporters at Bagdogra.
He said: “There could not have been more failure of the administration”
On Thursday, a doctor who conducted KK’s autopsy confirmed suspicions that he died due to a massive cardiac arrest. On the condition of anonymity, one doctor said – “He had a major blockage in the left main coronary artery and small blockages in various other arteries and sub-arteries. Excessive excitement during the live show caused stoppage of blood flow”.
The BJP leaders have flayed the Trinamool Congress and the state administration.
While BJP MP Dilip Ghosh called it a ‘murder’, BJP Bengal chief Sukanta Majumdar said it was a
‘total administrative failure’.
Ghosh, also a former state unit chief, even accused the TMC-led students’ union which organised the
show of forcing the singer to perform despite being unwell.
The 53-year-old singer died on May 31. He was performing at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata for a
concert when he complained of uneasiness.
He was taken to CMRI Hospital in Kolkata but was declared ‘brought dead’.
Late actor Om Puri’s wife Nandita Puri shared a note after his death saying ‘Kolkata killed KK’.
This was in reference to a video that emerged online a few hours after KK’s death, and showed him
wiping his face with a towel and also complaining about the air conditioning at the venue.