Eminent journalist and popular TV anchor Anjan Bandyopadhyay passed away on Sunday night. He was battling against coronavirus at a private hospital in Kolkata, a health department official said. Bandyopadhyay tested positive for Covid-19 around a month ago.
The editor of Bengali news channel Zee 24 Ghanta, Bandyopadhyay breathed his last at around 9.25 pm. The family members says that Anjan Bandyopadhyay had tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-April and his health was critical. The hospital officials, "He had returned home after recovering a bit but was again taken to the hospital after his condition deteriorated. He was put on a ventilator and then on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation support, but his condition continued to deteriorate." The 56-year-old worked with ETV Bangla, 24 Ghanta, and then moved to Anandabazar Patrika's digital unit. Later, he joined TV9 Bangla as the channel's first Editor. He returned to Zee 24 Ghanta as its editor just before this year's assembly elections in West Bengal. The Press Club, Kolkata, also condoled Anjan Bandyopadhyay’s death.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of the journalist. The journalist was the brother of the state Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. The state chief minister in her statement, mourns saying "Saddened at the passing away of Anjan Bandyopadhyay, one of the best-known television anchors in Bengal. He was a bright, young and dynamic journalist. I have no words to express my condolences to his family and his colleagues in the fraternity."