Bhubaneswar, July 1: In a tragic incident, senior photo journalist Ashok Panda died in a road accident on Friday.
He reportedly collided with an unknown vehicle near ‘Satasankha’ while he was on his way to Puri to collect news on Rath Yatra. He was rushed to Capital Hospital immediately. However, the doctor declared him brought dead.
The 54-year-old journalist had received several awards including Best Photographer Award by www.orissadiary.com (2011) and Prerana (2011), Panchama Veda Best Photography Award (2010), Satabdira Kalakara Best Photographer Award (2010).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his profound grief over the death of Panda. In a tweet, Naveen said he was very sad to learn about the death of the photojournalist Panda, prayed for the salvation of his soul, and expressed his sympathies to the bereaved family.