Bhubaneswar: Senior journalist and political analyst Basant Das breathed his last at a private COVID hospital here on Friday night. He was 81.
Informing the media, Chandan Das said that his father was in home quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19 on May 16.
As his condition became critical, he was admitted to a private hospital in the city and passed away at 11 pm last night while undergoing treatment, he added.
Expressing profound grief on the sad demise of Das, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the contribution of Das in the field of literature and journalism will be remembered forever.
Odisha has this far lost at least 34 journalists due to COVID during its second wave this year. At least four others had succumbed to the disease last year.