Be it cyclone or any other natural disasters, Arindam Das was always at the forefront and the face of Odisha Television Limited (OTV) on ground zero. Arindam was frank, straight and fearless every time he stepped out for reporting or covering any major or breaking news for the channel.
Today, Arindam died in a freak boat mishap while covering an operation launched by the ODRAF to rescue a wild tusker which was stranded at the Munduli barrage. Arindam and video journalist Prabhat Sinha were the two crew from OTV who were onboard the ill-fated boat that was caught, and subsequently capsized, in the strong currents of Mahanadi river.
Though both Arindam and Prabhat were rescued and rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, Arindam was declared brought dead by the doctors. Three ODRAF personnel, who were rescued, are now undergoing treatment in the ICU at the hospital.
A pall of gloom descended over OTV where grief-stricken colleagues of the gusty deceased journo, management and other staff members were at loss for words on hearing the massive tragedy.
They expressed heartfelt condolences over their untimely demise of the young journalist of the State who fearlessly chose to go after breaking news.
A wildlife enthusiast, Arindam was a go-getter and would seldom think twice before undertaking the toughest of assignments that came his way. He was a role model for budding reporters, an ideal correspondent and a colleague who completed every task with ease.
Arindam began his career as a crime beat reporter. He was quite popular among the media fraternity and became a household name for his daredevil reporting skills during cyclones in the past. His untimely demise has created a vacuum in the State’s media.It is also an irreparable loss for his family and OTV as well.
OTV MD Jagi Mangat Panda expressed her heartfelt condolences over the untimely demise of Chief Reporter Arindam Das in the boat mishap while covering the elephant rescue. “Deeply shocked at the untimely passing of colleague Arindam in a boat accident while covering elephant rescue. He was a brave & ethical journalist who fearlessly chose to go after breaking news. This terrible loss despite taking safety precautions & ODRAF's best efforts. Om Shanti,” tweeted Panda.
Deeply shocked @the untimely passing of colleague Arindam in a boat accident while covering elephant rescue.He was a brave & ethical journalist who fearlessly chose to go after breaking news.This terrible loss despite taking safety precautions & ODRAF's best efforts. Om Shanti 🙏— Jagi Mangat Panda (@JagiPanda) September 24, 2021
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed grief over the death of the young working journalist. “Deeply hurt by the demise of young journalist. It is great loss. Pray for the departed soul and wish speedy recovery of those injured in the mishap,”he tweeted.
କାର୍ଯ୍ୟରତ ଯୁବ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ ଅରିନ୍ଦମ ଦାସଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସାମ୍ବାଦିକତା ଜଗତ ପାଇଁ ଏହା ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ସମସ୍ତ ଆହତଙ୍କ ଆଶୁଆରୋଗ୍ୟ କାମନା କରୁଛି।— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 24, 2021
Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “Arindam had created a special identity for himself and Odisha with his brave reporting skills. It is a personal loss for me as had met Arindam in several social and political events.”
School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash said, “Arindam was a honest and dedicated journalist. I pray for the departed soul.”
BJD’s MP Sujeet Kumar tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the shocking demise of young & talented Journalist Arindam Das. Gone so soon. It's a big loss for the media fraternity in Odisha. My deep condolences to the bereaved family. Praying for the departed soul.”
Sundergarh MP, Jual Oram also expressed grief over the demise of the young journalist from the State. He tweeted, “ Deeply shocked over the death of OTV chief reporter Arindam Das. My condolences to the bereaved family.”
ବୋଟ୍ ଦୁର୍ଘଟଣାରେ @otvnews ର ଚିଫ୍ ରିପୋର୍ଟର ଅରିନ୍ଦମ ଦାସଙ୍କ ଅକାଳ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ପାଇ ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଏବଂ ମର୍ମାହତ l ଏହି ଦୁଃଖଦ ସମୟରେ ମୁଁ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ଗଭୀର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହିତ ସ୍ୱର୍ଗତ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି ନିମନ୍ତେ ପ୍ରଭୁ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି l— Jual Oram (@jualoram) September 24, 2021
ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତିଃ।। pic.twitter.com/lSmBHlg12K
BJD leader and editor of a noted Odia daily, Tathagata Satpathy said, “Saddened to learn about death of Arindam Das today. He had started his journalistic career with Dharitri and later moved to a TV channel. He was reporting about an elephant stuck in flood waters sitting on an ODRAF boat which capsized.”
Saddened to learn about death of Arindam Das today. He had started his journalistic career with Dharitri and later moved to a tv channel.— Tathagata Satpathy (@SatpathyLive) September 24, 2021
He was reporting about an elephant stuck in flood waters sitting on an ODRAF boat which capsized. pic.twitter.com/bZkRML3Svm
Odisha Assembly Speaker, SN Patro, Senior BJP leader Pratap Sarangi and other eminent leaders across Odisha paid rich tributes to the departed soul. BJP nationa vice-president, Baijayant 'Jay' Panda also expressed grief over the demise of young OTV journalist.
Deeply anguished by the boat tragedy which, despite safety precautions, took the life of @otvnews' intrepid chief reporter Arindam Das while covering an ODRAF elephant rescue. He was & is a hero. My deepest condolences to his family & prayers for the injured & missing— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) September 24, 2021
Om Shanti🙏 pic.twitter.com/SebUVfREN4
Extremely disturbed & saddened by untimely death of #ArindamDas a dynamic journalist. Can’t forget he took my first TV interview at Mundali soon after I joined as DG,@NDRFHQ.Always active/in touch. May your soul be forever blessed dear Arindam🙏🏻@PIBBhubaneswar, @otvnews pic.twitter.com/HQxOobhVuE— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ-DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) September 24, 2021