Gangtok: Newly-elected municipal councillor Raju Tamang died of COVID-19 at Neotia Hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal. Tamang, who represented the Arithang-II ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) in Sikkim, expired at 6 am on Sunday. He was 51.

According to sources close to the deceased, Tamang had a long-standing lung and breathing problem and pneumonitis.

Sources at STNM Hospital in Gangtok said that the councillor was admitted to the COVID-19 section where he stayed for two to three days. He was referred to a hospital outside the state about a week ago.

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Tamang was a founding member of the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) and had contested the elections on March 31. He won from Arithang-II as an independent as were the electoral norms this time for municipal elections in the state. He was declared as the councillor on April 2.

He was a social worker and ran a catering service for many years.

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