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Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said in New Delhi: "Dr. Syama Prasad Mookherjee's death has given us all a great shock. Let us think deeply and calmly and pursue a path dictated by the necessities of the moment. Sorrow should not lead us astray from right and balanced thinking. It should lead us rather to a deeper and calmer consideration of wider issues. A leading personality amongst us has passed away and the burden is all the greater on those who remain."
In a statement from Nagpur, Dr. N. B. Khare demanded a thorough enquiry into the circumstances attending Dr. Mookherjee's death in Srinagar, and said: "Dr. Mookherjee was supposed to be under the care of the specialist Dr. Ali Mohammed. But when he took seriously ill, he was in charge of Dr. Zuishi, a house surgeon who had not treated him before."
"The very fact that the help of military doctors was sought shows that the medical attention was inadequate, and that the attending doctor was at his wit's end. That the military doctors arrived after Dr. Mookherjee's death indicates that they were informed very late." Pointing out that Dr. Mookherjee had been dangerously ill with coronary trouble, and that he had not been properly cared for, Dr. Khare said: "The nation-wide demand for a deep probe into the whole matter is thoroughly justified."
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