One of the owners of Asomiya Khabar, an Assamese daily newspaper published from Guwahati, Rantu Das died on July 3 after a prolonged illness.
Family sources said that the 54-year-old Das was suffering from kidney and liver related illness.
Some unconfirmed reports claimed that Das was also tested positive for COVID-19. He was the director of Frontier Publications Private Limited which used to publish the newspaper.
Media fraternity, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others have mourned the demise of Das.
In his statement, Sonowal said that the contribution of Das will be remembered by the people of the state. The CM also said that apart from his contribution to the field of media, Das was also associated with various other social activities.
Guwahati Press Club also paid tribute to Das. “It is a loss to the fraternity. We mourn the demise of Rantu Das. Our deepest condolences to the family and all the staff of Asomiya Khabar,” GPC General Secretary Sanjoy Ray said.
State ministers Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta, among others, paid tribute to Das.
“Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Rantu Das, one of the owners of Asomiya Khabar. His death is a loss for the Asomiya Khabar family and the media fraternity of Assam. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and well wishers,” said Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora.