Koli was seriously injured on June 30 when a speeding car rammed into the motorcycle she was riding pillion. She was on way to the party office in Kaushambi in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh when the mishap occurred.
Koli's condition deteriorated on Tuesday and she passed away after a cardiac arrest. AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal alleged that it was not an accident but a murder attempt on Koli. He also told the media that the driver of the car, which had hit Koli's motorbike, briefly paused after the collision. The UP police were yet to arrest anybody in connection to the incident.
The AAP members mourned Koli's death, saying her death was a big loss for she had been fighting for the poor in Delhi since a young age. She was also one of the founder-members of the party and was a close associate of Kejriwal. She had been attacked nine times in the past allegedly by elements she has been fighting against. However, Koli was never deterred by these threats.
Koli was also the AAP's candidate-select from Seemapuri assembly constituency in Delhi for the assembly elections to be held in November 2013.
In the last few years, a trend has emerged where people fighting for the right causes have been systematically targeted. The list is long and prominently includes Satyendra Nath Dubey in Bihar, Shanmugam Manjunath in UP, Shehla Masood in MP, Yashwant Sonawane in Maharashtra etc.
The failure of the police and lack of speedy and effective judicial process has emboldened criminal elements to have a free run. Aam Aadmi Party resolved that it will keep fighting for the causes of the poor, marginalised and downtrodden, no matter what price it has to pay.
AAP Karnataka offered its respect and condolences to Santosh Koli with a resolve of taking the fight where she has left.