Odisha’s widespread tv journalist Arindam Das Friday died when an ODRAF energy boat engaged within the rescue of an elephant in Mahanadi river capsized at Mundali barrage close to Cuttack, police stated.
He together with Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel and a digital camera journalist had boarded the powerboat which overturned because of the robust present within the river, the police stated.
He together with different journalists and three ODRAF personnel had been fished out of the water in a vital state and rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
“Arindam was received dead. We tried to revive him for over an hour,” SCB superintendent Bhubananda Moharana instructed reporters.
His affiliate, digital camera journalist Pravat Singha can also be admitted within the ICU of the medication division of the hospital. “Condition of one of the ODRAF personnel is critical,” Superintendent Moharana stated.
Das, 39, was widespread because the “ground zero” reporter. He is survived by his son, spouse and mom.
He was the chief reporter of OTV, a number one Odiya TV information channel, and lined all main occasions – from pure calamities like cyclones Phailin, Fani anti-naxal operations, crime in addition to forest and wildlife.
Das had gone to the financial institution of Mahanadi river on Friday morning to cowl the rescue of the elephant trapped within the swollen Mahandi as a part of his task.
The pachyderm, which had strayed from neighbouring Athagarh forest, had come to the financial institution by itself however had gone again to the center of the river after discovering a big crowd on the financial institution. The ODRAF crew deployed on the spot determined to chase the animal from the opposite facet of the river in order that it returns to the financial institution and Das too accompanied them within the energy boat, one in every of his colleagues stated.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and lots of different dignitaries have condoled Das’ demise.
“Hon’ble Governor is sad to learn about the untimely demise of young Odia journalist Arindam Das and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to his family & colleagues. Prayers for the departed soul. Om Shanti,” the governor stated in a twitter put up.
Mt Patnaik tweeted, “I am saddened to learn about the demise of young journalist Arindam Das while on duty. It’s an irreparable loss for Odia Journalism. My deep condolence to his family. I also wish speedy recovery of other injured persons.”
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated “Arindam was a close friend and known for his dare devil reporting style. I deeply condole his untimely demise.”
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