In a tragic incident, an elephant trapped in the Mahanadi river in Cuttack district died on Friday. The rescue team worked for hours to save the elephant.
Elephant dies in Mahanadi river
According to reports, the stranded elephant was part of a herd of eleven people who were seen crossing the river on Friday morning. The tusker got caught in the strong current and was left alone. Hearing the elephant’s voice, the local people saw the elephant and informed the fire brigade personnel.
TV journalist Arindam Das dies during rescue operation
A television journalist covering the incident died when a boat capsized to rescue an elephant trapped in the Mahanadi river. Reportedly, the boat was carrying personnel of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force. The team was trying to rescue the elephant trapped in the middle of the river.
Arindam Das, 40, who was killed during the rescue operation, was the head of OTV. He survived with his wife and two-year-old son.
Das, accompanied by his cameraman Prabhat Sinha and five ODRAF personnel were in the boat, which capsized near the pillars of the Mundali barrage. According to a report in The India Express, a team of eighty forest officers from 2 divisions of Odisha and members of ODRAF were part of the elephant rescue operation.
Prabhat Sinha and Das were taken to SCB Medical College and Hospital where the doctor declared Das brought dead and Sinha’s condition is critical.
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Das was an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Condoling his death, IIMC tweeted, “We regret to inform about the untimely demise of our alumnus, Arindam Das (OJ, 2004-05), who was involved in an elephant rescue operation in Mahanadi, Odisha. Had happened in a tragic boat accident while covering. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. A condolence meeting was organized at @iimcdkl.