AAP leader injured in accident is dead - The New Indian Express

AAP leader injured in accident is dead

Published: 07th August 2013 07:02 PM

Last Updated: 07th August 2013 09:07 PM

Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Santosh Koli, critically injured in a hit-and-run accident 38 days ago, succumbed to her injuries here Wednesday, a hospital official said.

The 28-year-old candidate from Delhi's Seemapuri constituency in the coming assembly polls was injured when a speeding car hit a motorcycle she was pillion riding in Ghaziabad's Kaushambi area June 30.

Koli was going to the party office with party member Kuldeep Panwar when the car rammed the two-wheeler from behind and sped away.

"Koli succumbed to her injuries Wednesday. She had been brought to the Fortis Memorial Hospital in a state of coma following serious head injuries and never regained consciousness," a hospital spokesperson told IANS.

AAP leaders including Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas along with party activists and family members of the deceased received her body and took it to Delhi for cremation, said a police officer.

Kejriwal said on Twitter: "Santosh passes away. May her soul rest in peace.

"We resolve we will not let her sacrifice go in vain. We have to take her struggle forward," he said in another tweet.

Ghaziabad Police have failed to identify the car driver.

Koli and her colleague were rushed to a Ghaziabad hospital June 30. When Koli did not respond to treatment, she was shifted to Fortis Hospital in Noida and then to Gurgaon where she died.

"She was murdered due to her political profile in her constituency," AAP leader Sisodia said.

Koli, who came from a lower middle class family in northeast Delhi's Sunder Nagri area, was associated with anti-corruption activist Kejriwal for more than 10 years.

According to one report, Koli had earlier been attacked twice - once with blades and surgical knives.

During Kejriwal's hunger strike against inflated electricity bills in Delhi, he had stayed at Koli's house in Sundar Nagri. Koli's father works in a garment factory.

Koli's dismantled power connection house was the one of the first that was reconnected by Kejriwal and his team.

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