By our correspondent
Guwahati, June 9:
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses grief at the demise of Manoj Kumar with Covid-19 complications in Hyderabad. Manoj, 35, was working for a popular Telugu news channel and becomes the first journalist victim of novel corona virus infections in Telangana.
“Manoj is the third Indian media martyr in the fight against corona outbreak. Earlier Agra based journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha and Kolkata based photojournalist Ronny Roy succumbed to Covid-19 infections,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
Telangana scribe Manoj was admitted in the hospital on 4 June with ailments and he was tested positive for Covid-19. The central Indian province had already a dozen of journalists infected with the virus, where many of them were asymptomatic. Manoj died on Sunday night in the hospital.
JFA, while urging Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to compensate the family of bereaved scribe adequately, has appealed to the Union government in New Delhi for immediately announcing life insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh to each working journalist in the country.