Updated on 30 Apr 2021, 5:18 pm
Nilakshi Bhattacharyya (L), Rohit Sardana
The Press Club of India (PCI) mourned the deaths of two journalists- Nilakshi Bhattacharyya and Rohit Sardana who died due to coronavirus infections on Friday.
Nilakshi Bhattacharyya, a senior journalist from Assam was working with the Times of India in New Delhi. She succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday morning at Pratiksha Hospital, Gurgaon. Bhattacharyya was admitted to the hospital along with her husband Kalyan Baruah, Bureau Chief from Delhi of The Assam Tribune after testing positive for COVID-19. Sources said that Kalyan Baruah who is under treatment is also said to be in a critical condition.
PCI tweeted, "PCI mourns the untimely demise of senior journalist Nilakshi Bhattacharyya, who breathed her last in a Gurgaon hospital. She was admitted with covid complications, along with her husband Kalyan Barooah, MC member and Assam Tribune journalist. We pray for the departed soul."
Another television journalist, Rohit Sardana also died of heart attack on Friday, days after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The 41-year-old anchor of Aaj Tak was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Delhi, the sources said.
Expressing shock over the demise of Rohit Sardana, the PCI said Sardana was one of the most popular faces on Indian television.
"The Press Club of India is shocked at the untimely passing of Rohit Sardana, respected TV anchor, who passed away today due to COVID-19. Sardana was one of the most popular faces on Indian TV and his shows Taal Thok Ke & Dangal were watched by millions. We stand by his family," PCI tweeted.