Pragjyotish Barta,Guwahati,2 October 20ঃঃ As India has lost nearly 50 working journalists to the novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments, Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a financial package to each media victim family as a mark of respect to those corona-warriors along with the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel, etc.
Terming the country’s loss of corona-warriors as a higher stake compared to the worldwide media corona-casualties of around 400 till date, JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria repeated their appeal to every media person to be careful and follow all necessary health protocols while reporting the Covid-19 pandemic from the ground.
Lately the country lost ten journalists to corona-complications in twenty days. The latest victim surfaced from Ludhiana, where veteran journalist Ashwani Kapoor (70), who worked for highly circulated newspaper PunjabKesari, succumbed to Covid-19 at a private hospital on 29 September 2020. Earlier Guwahati based news presenter in All India Radio Golap Saikia (52) died with corona-infection on 26 September in the hospital.
Indore based journalist Manoj Binwal (55), who was associated with Hindi newspaper Prajatantra, died of the virus infection while undergoing treatment on 20 September. A day back, Agra’s journalist Ami Adhar Nidar (50), who worked for widely circulated DainikJagaran, passed away with the infection at a hospital.
Jammu based scribe Anil Srivastava (68), who was associated with United News of India, succumbed to Covid-19 on 18 September at a government hospital. Same day Jabalpur’s journalist Harish Choubey (60), who worked for popular Hindi newspaper DainikBhaskar, expired with the corona virus infection. Aurangabad based journalist Rahul Dolare (49) died on 14 September in a government hospital.
Same day, Chennai’s popular journalist-actor Florent C Pereira (67) died of Covid-19 in the hospital. Punjab’s Abohar based journalist Naresh Bajaj (57), who was associated with SachKahoon newspaper, succumbed to the virus complications on 10 September. Ravinder Kumar (30) from Himachal Pradesh, who worked for DainikJagran, died of the virus infection on 9 September.
Assam witnessed two journo-victims in the pandemic as Udalguri based correspondent Dhaneswar Rabha (35) died at Guwahati medical college hospital on 6 September. Rabha is the first scribe in northeast India to succumb to Covid-19 complications. Next day, Barak valley’s senior journalist Ashim Dutta (65) passed away at Silchar medical college hospital. The printer-publisher of AsomiyaKhabar (Rantu Das) also died at a Guwahati hospital few days back, who later tested positive for the virus infection.
Weeks back, Dhanbad’s journalist Sanjiv Sinha, Gorakhpur’s photo journalist Rajiv Ketan, Mumbai’s senior film-journalist Shyam Sarma, Nellore’s scribe Narayanam Seshacharyulu, Pune’s television reporter Pandurang Raikar, Kanpur’s television journalist Neelanshu Shukla, Patiala’s photojournalist Jai Deep, Tirupati’s television reporter Madhusudan Reddy and video journalist M Parthasarathy succumbed to the virus infections.
The list also includes veteran journalist Ashok Churi from Palghar, television reporter Ramanathan & news videographer E Velmurugan from Chennai, news presenter Davinder Pal Singh from Chandigarh, television scribe Manoj Kumar from Hyderabad, print-journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha from Agra, Orissa’s journalists Simanchal Panda, K Ch Ratnam and Priyadarshi Patnaik. Kolkata’s photojournalist Ronny Roy became the first scribe in India to lose his battle against the virus infection.