Former Goa minister Achyut Usgaonkar dies at 92

He served as a cabinet minister from August 13, 1977 to April 27, 1979 in the then Shashikala Kakodkar government

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Mariamma, a cook was arrested along with her son Uday Kiran on a complaint of a house owner who accused the two of theft. Local media reported that Mariamma died after four days of police torture. Representational image: iStock

Former Goa minister Achyut Kashinath Sinai Usgaonkar died at a hospital near here on
Tuesday following age-related ailments, family sources said. He was 92.

“Usgaonkar died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (located near Panaji) around 7.30 am,” his son-in-law Dinar Tarcar told PTI.

He is survived by three daughters, including noted film actor Varsha Usgaonkar.

Usgaonkar was a leader of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the oldest regional outfit in Goa. He served as a cabinet minister from August 13, 1977 to April 27, 1979 in the then Shashikala Kakodkar government of Goa, Daman, and Diu.

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Before serving as a minister, Achyut Usgaonkar was the deputy speaker of Goa during the Dayanand Bandodkar-led government. Bandodkar was the first chief minister of the coastal
state.

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