Mrunal Manmay Dash

Chief Reporter of Odisha Television Limited (OTV) Arindam Das died by drowning in the line of duty at Mundali barrage in Cuttack on Friday. Cameraman Prabhat Sinha, who accompanied Das, is reported to be critical.

Das was covering an operation launched to rescue an elephant stuck in the Mahanadi river at Mundali barrage in Cuttack. He boarded a boat along with an ODRAF team accompanied by cameraman Prabhat Sinha. The boat got twisted dangerously by the strong river current and capsized. Following the mishap, Das and Sinha were swept away by the strong current.

A rescue operation was launched immidiately and all the crew and personnel were brought to the banks. Both the OTV representatives were rushed to the SCB Hospital in Cuttack where the doctors tried to resuscitate Das but it was too late.

Sinha, who is critical and has been admitted to the ICU, is struggling for life, informed SCB Hospital officials.

A tusker got stranded near the barrage while trying to cross Mahanadi. The wild animal was unable to move due to the strong current in the river. The ODRAF team then launched an operation with its team to save the elephant.