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Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has paid tribute to Batook Pandya, director of Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) who died on Sunday, February 16.
Sue Mountstevens said: “I was both shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden death of Batook Pandya MBE.
“Batook was a personal friend. He had incredible belief and worked passionately to make a difference to race relations. He treated everyone as equals with empathy and sympathy. I will always remember his gentleness and honesty which always put everyone at ease whatever the situation. He was forthright in his views and he has made a massive contribution in improving the ways our diverse communities can work together.
“Many people will remember Batook fondly. I am sure they will all agree that he has made Bristol a better place, standing up for those who were too vulnerable to stand up for themselves. I feel privileged to have known him.”
Mr Pandya had been closely involved with SARI a charity run by and for victims of racial harassment or attack since it was established in Bristol in 1988.