Noted social workers and renowned writer Saroj Vashisht died due to suffocation in a fire incident at her residence in Vikasnagar at the outskirts of Shimla town.
Superintendent of Police Mr. D.W.Negi said that the incident occurred at 0430 hrs this morning when smoke spread in the neighbourhood. The fire tenders were rushed to the spot but before fire fighters could rescue her, she succumbed to smoke in the close room.
Saroj Vashisht was rushed to IGMC hospital where she was declared dead. She was 83 years old. The writer was alone at her residence when the incident occurred. Her husband Dr. Satish Vashshit, died last year in Shimla.
She had been announcer at All India Radio and retired in 1989. She wrote numbers of books on various social themes including lives of prisoners and wrote biography on IPS officer Ms. Kiran Bedi. The latest publications of Saroj Vashisht were ‘Zindani’, ‘Airaaf’.
She was recipient of number of awards for her contribution in literature and social work. She was conferred with India Vijay foundation award by former late president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 1996. She would be remembered for her contribution as play critics and short story writer. Most of her literature moved around the women and their issues as she wrote dozens of books and research paper.