Itanagar: Hundreds of people from all walks of life on Wednesday bid an emotional farewell to journalist Jason Khangthing who was laid to rest with full traditional honours at his native village Nongtham in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district on Wednesday.
Khangthing, 25, a correspondent of Arunachal Today, an Itanagar based digital media house lost his life in an unfortunate road accident on Monday night while he was in the line of duty.
He was reportedly returning to Miao after he had visited the Miao-Vijaynagar Road on recce when he met with an accident at Mpen, about 6 km from Miao town.
Khangthing was riding a pillion on a motorbike that his uncle was driving. He was rushed to a hospital in Dibrugarh, Assam in a very serious condition where he passed away.
Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists President Amar Sangno who reached Nongtham on Tuesday offered floral tributes and paid his respect to the departed soul.
Sangno also extended condolences on behalf of the state press fraternity to the bereaved family.
Several organisations and individuals including chief minister Pema Khandu have expressed their deepest sorrow on Khangthing’s demise.
“Shocked to know that a young and promising journalist, #JasonKanthing of Kharsang working with #ArunachalToday is no more. Saddened by the unexpected loss. My deepest sympathy to the bereaved family. May God gives him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the loss,” Khandu said in a tweet.
Nampong MLA Laisam Simai said the Changlang District lost a young and promising journalist in Khangthing’s demise.
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“He was an inspiration to many youngsters. His untimely demise has created a huge loss not only for the family members but also for the entire society. With profound grief, I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and pray Almighty God to bestow enough strength and comfort to bear the irreparable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Simai said.
A statement from the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Arunachal Press Club, and Arunachal Electronic & Digital Media earlier said: “Khangthing was a promising journalist who had yet to realise his full potential. His death has left a void that cannot be filled.”
“At this time of sorrow, our prayers are with the family,” the statement from the media bodies said while calling for a fair investigation into the incident.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) also expressed shock and sadness over the sudden demise of the scribe.
AAPSU deputy spokesperson Nepha Wangsa, while expressing shock over the tragic incident, termed Khangthing’s demise as a great loss for the entire state.
Khangthing was part of the AAPSU’s Longliang mission under the Tirap district merely two days before his death. He was covering the news of AAPSU visits and meeting with Longliang Fire victims, Wangsa said.
Khangthing was also an active student activist and was the convener of All Changlang District Students’ Union before he took journalism as a career, the union said.
Born on 05 February 1996, Khangthing, a graduate of Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu started his journalism career as a video journalist in the year 2017.
Besides covering the three districts, Tirap, Changlang and Longding for Arunachal Today, Khangthing was also an active social worker. He is survived by his father, mother and younger brother.