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Deputy Mayor dies after fall from terrace

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He was reading newspaper when monkeys reportedly attacked him and he lost balance



S.S. Bajwa

NEW DELHI: The Deputy-Mayor of Delhi, Sawinder Jeet Singh Bajwa, passed away at Apollo Hospital here on Sunday. He had been admitted there after he fell from the terrace of his Savita Vihar residence in East Delhi on Saturday.

Mr. Bajwa was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday with almost all senior functionaries of the MCD turning up to pay their tributes. The Bharatiya Janata Party Councillor from Anand Vihar who would have turned 57 this week is survived by his wife and two sons.

Mr. Bajwa who was reading a newspaper on the terrace lost his balance in an attempt to escape from an attack by monkeys who had raided his premises from an adjacent temple.

However, some people claimed it to be a suicide bid; but there is apparently no evidence to indicate that Mr. Bajwa wanted to end his life.

Leader of the House Subhash Arya said the late Deputy-Mayor was a sincere and hardworking party worker and the party would find it difficult to replace him.

“I was at the hospital till late on Saturday and went there again on Sunday morning. He made an attempt to speak to me but his blood pressure was very low and the doctors were considering putting him on a resuscitator,” he added.

Mr. Arya said the deceased was a “soft-spoken and silent person” and had a great regard for senior party functionaries. “He was a member of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and was a good hockey player in college. In fact, he also competed at the national level in the discus-throw event.”

MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta said: “I had visited the family in the hospital and Mr. Bajwa’s condition was said to be serious. This is a very sad and unfortunate incident.”

Born at Gurdaspur in Punjab, Mr. Bajwa graduated from Shyam Lal College in the Capital and was the Delhi BJP senior vice-president for several years. He also served as chairman of Guru Harkishan Public School.

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