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Sue pays tribute to Batook Pandya MBE


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.

Posted on Monday 17th February 2014
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