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Lucknow: A senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer on election duty in Varanasi died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack a day before, an official said.

Ajay Kumar Singh (50) was deployed as an observer in the ongoing elections to teachers' constituency and graduates' constituency in Varanasi.

Counting was being held for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council polls for 11 seats from Thursday.

An officer of the 1998 batch, Singh was posted as a secretary in the National Integration Department and Human Rights Commission of Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow).

District magistrate of Varanasi Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “Singh suffered a heart attack at around 9.30 am on Friday while on his way to the counting centre and was taken to a hospital where he died on Saturday.”

His wife Neena Sharma is a senior IAS officer posted as a secretary in the Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department. She arrived in Varanasi on Friday.

"Singh's family members wanted to airlift him to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon (Haryana) on Friday evening but the doctors did not allow them to do so. On Saturday, an air ambulance was called to take him to Gurgaon but he died," Sharma said.

Singh's last rites will be held in Varanasi, he added.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with other officials observed a two-minute silence during a meeting in Luckonw.

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