CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Sikh24 expresses condolences to the family of SGPC President Avtar Makkar who lost their son Tejinderpal Singh Soni earlier this morning. Soni, aged 37, was undergoing treatment at the PGI Hospital in Chandigarh where he passed away due to liver failure. Mr. Soni’s funeral is scheduled to take place tomorrow at the Model Town Extension in Ludhiana.
As per doctor reports, Tejinderpal had developed a liver infection and was seeking treatment in Chandigarh where he passed away. Soni’s condition had deteriorated over the past few days and a special team of doctors were overseeing the task of his treatment. Sikh24 has been told that Soni was undergoing treatment for liver cirrhosis.
As per a medical report by the PGI in 2o11, alcohol abuse is leading to a rise in liver diseases. The PGI finding expressed concern over the increasing number of liver diseases in the state of Punjab.
Prof. Yogesh Chawla, head of hepatology PGI, had said in 2011 that most patients at his clinic come from Punjab. These patients’ cases are “either as alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis or liver cancer all of which have a devastating course which leads to complications like blood vomiting, coma, abdominal distension, and swelling of body and ultimately may require a liver transplant.” (TNN, April, 2011)
The entire office of SGPC in Sri Amritsar was said to be in grief over the passing away of Soni. Sikh24 has received unverified information which may be disclosed in the coming days over the reasons behind Makkar’s son’s passing.