The South Haryana Convenor and Independent Councilor of the Aam Aadmi Party, Ranbir Singh Rathee, died on Sunday. He was being treated for COVID-19 at Medanta Hospital and took his last breath in around midnight.
Mr Rathee, City Councilor No. 34, had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 assembly elections from the constituency of the Gurgaon assembly on the Aam Aadmi party’s ticket. The president of the Citizen Council, an umbrella organization of various charities of various residents, Mr. Rathee, had been very concerned with the relocation of the toll booth in Sirhual, the depletion of the water table and a variety of local, political and social problems.
AAP Rajya Sabha member and responsible Haryana Sushil Gupta expressed condolences to Mr. Rathee’s death, saying that “the party lost a strong pillar when he died”. The party’s national spokesman Dilip Pandey remembered Mr Rathee and said he was always on the front lines helping the poor and needy during the lockdown.
The final rites of Mr. Rathee were performed at a cremation site in Jharsa.
Manav Awaaz Sanstha Convenor Abhay Jain, a lawyer, described Mr. Rathee as “the voice of Gurugram”. Mr. Jain said Mr. Rathee exposed corrupt practices in civil society and other departments, adding that his death was a “grave loss” for the Millennium City.