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Updated: March 4, 2010 02:11 IST

Pravin Mahajan is dead

Mumbai Bureau
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File photo of Pravin Mahajan, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his brother BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, died at a hospital in Thane on Wednesday.
PTI File photo of Pravin Mahajan, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his brother BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, died at a hospital in Thane on Wednesday.

Pravin Mahajan, 50, convicted for the murder of his brother and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan died on Wednesday at a hospital in Thane where he was undergoing treatment for brain haemorrhage.

Mr. Mahajan had been in coma for about two and a half months, since he was hospitalised on December 11 in an unconscious state and diagnosed with a clot in the brain.

He is survived by his wife, Sarangi Mahajan, and children, Vrushali and Kapil. He had been out of the Nashik Central Jail, since November 27, 2009, on a 14-day furlough. However on the last day of the parole period, he suddenly took ill.

Dr. Ravindra Ghawat, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in-charge, told a press conference in Thane that Pravin Mahajan was “declared dead” at 5.40 p.m. The cause of death was “extensive pontine haemorrhage [brain haemorrhage] with sepsis and multi-organ failure.”

“During his course of hospitalisation, he developed sepsis and multi-organ failure. For the last 48 hours, his condition was continuously deteriorating, his blood pressure was falling and he needed more and more life support measures. He became extremely critical this afternoon and could not be revived in spite of all the resuscitative measures,” Dr. Ghawat said.

Pravin Mahajan's death puts an end to a murky political chapter for the State BJP.

Pramod Mahajan, who wielded considerable influence in his party, was shot at thrice by Pravin Mahajan on April 22, 2006 at the former's Worli residence in Mumbai, following a dispute. Pramod Mahajan succumbed to the bullet injuries on May 3, 2006.

It was Pramod Mahajan who supported Pravin Mahajan in his early years and even provided him with an education. The latter was a small time contractor while the former was making it big in the BJP.

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