Former Congress corporator and sitting trustee of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP), Rustom Tirandaz, died of a heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was 68.
Tirandaz was declared dead on admission to the Ashok Punjabi Hospital at Hindu colony in Dadar (east). He worked as a corporator in the area for almost two decades.
Tirandaz used to swim every morning. On Tuesday too, he went to take a dip into BMC’s Mahatma Gandhi swimming pool at Dadar. Upon his return, he complained of uneasiness. “He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on admission,” said Hindu colony corporator Raghunath Thavai.
Former municipal commissioner SS Tinaikar said he was yet to come across a fighter of Tirandaz’s ilk. “He received a lot of flak from the Shiv Sena, especially when he brought to light the inflammatory speech of then chairman of the house Diwakar Raote against Muslims in 1983-84. The speech was audio recorded and Tirandaz disclosed it in 1988. He was then given police protection as he was threatened by the Sena men,” said Tinaikar.