Hyderabad: Rights activist and secretary of Praja Natya Mandali, a people’s organization, Nissar passed away due to Covid-19. He was working as a conductor in the TSRTC at Miyapur-II depot in the city. Fondly called as Naya Gaddar, Nissar had been vocal on public issues. He also took an active part during the over 40-day TSRTC employee strike in 2019.

According to his friends and family members, he developed Covid-19 symptoms a few days ago. His family members took him to a private hospital, but the staff did not admit him. After running around several other private hospitals in the city, he was finally taken to Gandhi Hospital, where he breathed his last on Tuesday midnight.

“Though he was given admission at Gandhi Hospital, he was not provided with a ventilator, resulting in his death,” alleged his friends from the RTC Employees Unions.

After he developed symptoms, when he was taken to private hospitals, he was denied admission, citing a lack of beds for Covid-19 patients. This comes just hours after Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilsai Soundarajan interacted with representatives of private hospitals and isolation centers on Tuesday.

A poet, writer, and singer, Nissar was a known face among the both Telugu states and was actively involved in many protests and people’s movements. He was also serving as the additional secretary of the TSRTC Employees Union. After his death, a song written and sung by Nissar on COVID pandemic has been widely shared on social media platforms. This reportedly is the last song he had written.

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