Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a fervent appeal on Friday, Jharana Das, younger sister of OTV Chief Reporter Arindam Das who passed away in a tragic boat mishap at Mundali in Cuttack during an elephant rescue operation a week ago, has urged mischief mongers to stop spreading malicious rumours about his brother’s family on various social media platforms.

“In this tough time, this is what I could think of doing to stop the rumours circulating about my brother Arindam Das. We are not in a condition to take these. Try to think what if it happens with your own family. Please stop making fun of anyone’s tragedy,” Jharana wrote on her Twitter handle.

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She also requested everyone not to believe in any fake news circulating on the social media that Arindam’s family seeks financial help from public.

“As a family, we can take care of his liabilities. By God’s grace we still have many well-wishers with us during this tough time. We have a joint family and all our brothers and sisters are well settled,” Jharana said adding that their late father was a retired banker who was well known for his honesty and humanity.

“My brother was also pure at heart and he was dedicated to his work and was never behind money. By God’s grace, we will be able to manage this tough situation so that his wife and son can get a respectful life,” she further wrote.

She urged people not to believe in the rumours circulating that the family is in urgent need of money. Instead, she requested all their well wishers to provide them the strength to face the tough time.

“Heartfelt gratitude to everyone who all are praying for strength, support and love for our family to grieve. People who are seeking attention from my brother’s untimely demise, I request them to spare us and show some humanity,” she added.