Brij Bedi, husband of former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who had passed away on Sunday, was cremated at Shivpuri near Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Monday.
Bedi was unwell since about a month and breathed his last in a private hospital in Gurgaon. He was quite a known face in Amritsar, as he had been serving the society in his own unpretentious way in the holy city. Bedi was on a social mission under which he motivated the residents of Maqboolpura, which is one of the worst drug-affected localities, to shun drugs. He along with Ajit Singh, a teacher, had started a school — ‘Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir’ — in 1999, which was meant for children of families affected by drugs in the state. Having started with 20 students, today the school has more than 600 students.
Brij Bedi was often spotted on the city roads, keeping a check on the traffic and traffic violators. He was once also appointed as the chief traffic warden of the city. He was a regular caller on 1073 and as a responsible citizen of the city used to inform the police about anything which he thought was causing incontinence to the people on the roads. He was also quite bold in pointing at the authorities when they were negligent in their duties.
Brij had also shared that it was Kiran who taught him good governance and administration and in his path of social activism, he always used to feel that if Kiran could make a change, why couldn’t the local administrators.
Brij had done masters in history from Panjab University, Chandigarh and had many career choices, including army, executive job in a firm, modelling and glamour industry etc. However, he chose farming after he fell in love with Kiran, when both met on the tennis courts.