Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses grief at the demise of senior scribe Prakash Kr Jha last night (1 August 2020) at Guwahati medical college hospital. Born in Bihar and started his career in the media with the Patna based independent nationalist English daily Indian Nation (now defunct), Jha also worked for Hindi daily Sanmarg for its Kolkata edition.
Later he shifted to Guwahati to work for Hindi daily Uttarkal. Jha also worked for two prominent Hindi dailies Purbanchal Prahari and Dainik Purboday. He was proficient in translation from English to Hindi language. Jha (64) left behind his wife and three daughters with a host of well-wishers. His cremation is scheduled to take place in Bhootnath crematorium today.
Prakash Kr Jha becomes the tenth Assam based media persons who died in the Covid-19 lockdown period. Earlier the printer-publisher of Asomiya Khabar (Rantu Das) died on 3 July, who incidentally became the first victim of novel corona virus infection in northeast India, said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, adding that Assam also lost Ripul Kalita, Manik Sarma, Pijush Kanti Das, Mozahedul Haque, Padmeswar Chitrakar, Bhaskar Dutta, Pranjal Hazarika and Dimpi Kashyap during the pandemic.