Singhal (89), who was admitted to Medanta Medicity hospital on Saturday with complaints of acute breathlessness and other problems, died at 2.24 pm following cardio-vascular failure and septicemia, VHP international president Pravin Togadia, himself a doctor, told reporters.

A bachelor and an RSS pracharak all his life, Singhal, adopted an aggressive style in the 'kar sewak' campaign in the build up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, 1992.      
A metallurgy engineering graduate from Banaras Hindu University, he pitchforked the organisation in the Ayodhya Ram temple movement and sought to internationalise it by recruiting supporters and organising branches worldwide. The overseas supporters contributed immensely to the VHP campaign.

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Singhal was in the Intensive Care Unit after he was diagnosed with right lower Lobe Pneumonia. He had been on ventilator since November 14.

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A team of specialists comprising Critical Care, Respiratory, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Neurology and Nephrology had attended on Singhal, the hospital had said yesterday.

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