Senior News Editor with the Bhubaneswar edition of The New Indian Express Debdas Thakur passed away after a massive cardiac arrest late last night. He was 51 and is survived by his wife and teenage son Raunak.
“He left office after midnight after finishing his duty. He was rushed to the Capital Hospital by his family members and neighbours after he suddenly felt uneasy while taking his dinner. He was declared dead on arrival,” Thakur’s colleague and senior journalist Siba Mohanty told OST.
Thakur joined the Vizianagaram edition of The New Indian Express, which was then called The Indian Express, way back in 1989 after a brief stint in Sun Times, the now defunct English daily from the ‘Sambad’ stable and spent almost a quarter century in the organisation working his way up to the top of the editorial ladder with his sincerity, dedication and hard work.
Thakur’s body is being taken to Bhawanipatna, his native place, for cremation, family sources said.
Before his body was taken in an ambulance, Thakur’s friends, colleagues and fellow travellers gathered at his Jagamohan Nagar residence here to pay their last respects to him.
Rich tributes were paid to Debdas Thakur in an informal condolence meeting held later in the afternoon near Jaidev Bhawan.
A formal condolence meeting in association with the New Indian Express is being planned later this week, senior journalist Rabi Das informed the large group of journalists who had gathered to express their grief and shock over Thakur’s sad and untimely demise .