SILCHAR: With the break of the day, the news that noted journalist Piyush Kanti Das attached with electronic media of Barak Valley is no more sent a pall of gloom in the media fraternity and civil society. He was 54 and was yet to go miles in his cherished profession. According to family source, he had been suffering from kidney problem and under treatment and breathed his last at a Guwahati hospital around 11pm. His body was taken to his paternal home at Rajpur under Katigorah constituency. From there the body of Piyush Das in a cartage was taken to his residence at Ambicapatty, then to Press Club, Banga Bhavan , DC office and lastly at the cremation ground of Silchar where his mortal remains were confined to flames.
His only daughter Shinjini Souhardiyo and journalist Zakir Hussain Laskar set aflame the pyre of Piyush Das, much appreciated by the civil society as a mark of secularism and for which the departed journalist was known. Besides mediapersons, a good number of his admirers were present at the cremation ground. At places where the cartage was taken, along with journalists, persons from different professions placed garlands at his mortal remains as a mark of respect. At the Press Club, colleagues paid rich tributes to him, recalling their eventful experiences of working with him. He was called the pioneer of electronic media of this valley, a hard working and sincere person. His younger brother Paplu Das is also attached with a local news channel.