OTV announces financial aid to family of journalist Arindam Das who died on elephant rescue mission
Odisha Television Limited (OTV) announced Rs. 20 lakh in compensation for journalist Arindam Das who died while covering the elephant rescue operation in Cuttak on September 24. Das colleagues have also come forward to help the family.
Jagi Mangat Panda, General Manager of OTV, while announcing the compensation for the family, said: “The loss of Arindam is a colossal loss not only for me but for our entire organization. There will never be another Arindam. She further added that fair monetary compensation would not fill the void that Das’ death created. “Her family is now our family, and we will take care of them,” she said.
While paying homage to Das, Panda said, “In the last 23 years of OTV’s journey, I haven’t seen a more intrepid journalist than Arindam in all of Odisha. His disappearance is not only a loss for OTV, but for the whole state. I salute the mother who gave birth to such a brave journalist, ”she said.
Journalists organization organizing fundraising for Das’ family
The Indian Institute of Mass Communication Alumni Association (IIMCAA) also announced a fundraiser for Das’ family. In a tweet posted from its official Twitter account, the association urged everyone to come forward and support the family by participating in the fundraiser.
– Association of IIMC alumni #IIMCAA (@IIMCAA) September 29, 2021
The association wrote: “We lost a courageous journalist, Arindam Das, while reporting a rescue operation. We cannot make up for the pain and loss his family has suffered, but we can support them at this crucial time. As an only son, he had many liabilities and responsibilities towards his family. “
The incident that claimed Das’s life
On September 24, a young elephant got stuck in the Mahanadi River at the Mundali Dam in the city. The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team launched a rescue operation to save the animal as it was stranded in the middle of the high-speed river current, terrified and unable to escape.
Arindam Das and cameraman Prabhat Sinha boarded a boat and followed the ORDAF team to cover the rescue mission. Unfortunately, the boat capsized in the strong current of the river. The duo were swept away and it was too late for them to be retrieved. Das and Sinha were admitted to SCB Medical College and Cuttack Hospital. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the doctors, the chief reporter of OTV did not survive.
Cameraman Prabhat Sinha was also admitted to SCB Medical College and hospital in critical condition. According to the latest reports, he recovered and was released from the hospital.