Arindam Das, who was working with a regional TV channel in Odisha, was in the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) boat that capsized at Mundali barrage in Cuttack during the rescue operation of the elephant stuck in the middle of Mahanadi river.
Cuttack, Sept 24: Television journalist Arindam Das, who was rescued in a critical condition after ODRAF boat mishap in Mahanadi River, died at SCB Medical College and Hospital here in Odisha on Friday.
Das, who was working with a regional TV channel, was in the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) boat that capsized at Mundali barrage during the rescue operation of the elephant stuck in the middle of the river.
As per reports, Das was covering the rescue operation of tusker trapped near Mundali barrage in Mahanadi.
The incident occurred when a six-member ODRAF team and two scribes including Arindam Das entered into the river to rescue the tusker.
The boat however capsized in the river. Following the mishap, Das and others were swept away by the strong current.
The ODRAF team and the scribes were rescued with the help of the local fishermen and rushed to the SCB hospital here where doctors declared Das as ‘brought dead’.
A pall of gloom descended on the media fraternity following the untimely demise of the young journalist.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several other personalities of public life expressed grief over the death of Arindam Das.