The Delhi government on Tuesday announced a Rs 2 lakh award in the memory of AAP leader Santosh Koli, who died after a road accident in 2013.
The announcement was made at the meeting of the organisation committee of the government’s Hindi Akademi. The award in Koli’s memory will be given to those achieving excellence in Hindi literature.
The meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and art, culture and languages minister Kapil Mishra.
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The proposal of the Hindi Akademi to increase the award sum of its honours from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and 12 other awards from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, also received the government’s approval, said officials.
Twenty-eight-year-old Koli was slated to contest the 2013 Assembly election from Seemapuri.
However, she died following injuries she suffered in a road accident. Koli, who was riding pillion on the bike, suffered grave injuries after a car collided with the two-wheeler near Pacific Mall in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad.
After spending 37 days in the hospital, she died on August 7, 2013.
The AAP cried foul and said she had been threatened and attacked in the past as well. The errant driver was never found.
Along with the award in Koli’s memory, the Hindi Akademi also announced another award of Rs 2 lakh titled ‘Hindi Akademi Shikhar Samman’.
Kejriwal told members of the committee that they must hold more programmes in which people can participate and contribute.
He said it would be his endeavour to attend all committee meetings, which should be held at regular intervals.
Santosh was very young when she joined the NGO, Parivartan. She, along with Kejriwal, took on the ration mafia using the RTI Act.
Party members had alleged that Santosh had received a threat before her accident, warning her not to enter politics.