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Vice President Condoles Death of Covid Warrior Ambulance Driver Aarif Khan

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Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu

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New Delhi, October 11— Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday condoled the passing away of covid warrior ambulance driver Aarif Khan of Delhi. “His acts of kindness symbolise the core of Indian philosophy of ‘share & care’”, he tweeted through the official twitter handle of Vice President’s Secretariat.

The VP tweeted a news link about the death of ambulance driver and wrote his comment: “My condolences to the bereaved family members of ambulance driver, Aarif Khan of Delhi. He rendered selfless service by ferrying close to 200 bodies of COVID-19 patients for their last rites. It is saddening to learn that he succumbed to the Coronavirus. His acts of kindness symbolise the core of Indian philosophy of ‘share & care’. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Since March this year when the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic hit Delhi and other parts of the country, Aarif Khan, an ambulance driver, had dedicated himself in the service of the Covid patients.

He would ferry patients to hospitals and dead bodies to cremation ground. Since March, Khan, 48, had ferried close to 200 bodies of covid patients. On October 3, he tested positive for the virus and succumbed to the disease at Hindu Rao Hospital Saturday morning, says a report in The Indian Express.

Khan was employed with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, an NGO that provides free emergency services in Delhi and neighbouring areas.

He ensured everyone got a farewell but his own family couldn’t give him that. They saw his body from afar for a few minutes, said Jitender Singh Shunty, founder of Sewa Dal, adding that Khan would have ferried close to 200 bodies since March.