DHUBRI: Om Prakash Todi, a veteran journalist of Dhubri district passed away owing to severe cardiac arrest at 7.25 pm on Thursday. He was 64 and left behind wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of family members and well-wishers.
Om Prakash Todi began his reporting career with Dainik Vishwamitra, a Hindi daily published from Calcutta as a correspondent from Dhubri in the 70s and later joined Purbanchal Prahari since its inception in 1989, remaining associated with the daily till death. Besides this, he was also associated with PTI and other dailies and weeklies. He, however, was a teacher by profession and served as an assistant teacher in Jawahar Hindi High School here and retired from the service in 2017.
The news of Todi’s demise cast a shock wave in the town and among the journalist fraternity and well-wishers who thronged his house in ward No. 3 of the town and paid floral tribute. He was a benevolent and amiable person and remained active in reporting even hours before he breathed his last. Many organizations and district high officials offered floral tribute and condoled his death with heavy hearts at his residence including Dhubri Superintendent of Police, Yuvraj Kumar and Deputy Superintendent of Police (Head Quarter), Trinayan Bhuyan. A cross-section of people irrespective of caste, creed, and religion, joined the funeral procession of Todi which culminated at cremation ground (Dhubri Samsan Ghat) where his body was cremated after all rituals on Friday evening.