Balasore: The first Vice Admiral of Indian Navy from Odisha, Dr Barunikanta Rakshit, breathed his last on Wednesday evening. He was 89.
The 89-year-old died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in New Delhi.
His mortal remains were consigned to flames at a crematorium in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, with full state honours.
A native of Odisha’s Balasore, Rakshit joined Indian Navy in 1960 after completing his MBBS and rose through ranks for his commendable services to become the Vice-Admiral of the Indian Navy’s medical wing.
He was the first Odia to occupy the second-highest position in the Indian Navy.
Rakshit retired from the services in 1993 and had since been staying in New Delhi with his family.
He is survived by wife Suchitra and two sons/daughters-in-law.