ITANAGAR, Oct 26 - Veteran journalist Taro Chatung passed away at a government hospital here this morning after a brief illness. He was 56.
Chatung was undergoing treatment at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Naharlagun. He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
Chatung was regarded as the pioneer of the electronic media in Arunachal Pradesh. His last rites will be performed at his birthplace, Ziro, in Lower Subansiri district tomorrow.
Expressing grief over the demise of the veteran journalist, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, “It breaks my heart to know Chatung sir is no more with us. We grew up hearing about him and watched him on ‘News & Views’ every evening through the week days on DDK, Itanagar. It would be impossible to fill the void he has left behind as the omnipresent journalist.”
He said Arunachal Pradesh would always be grateful to late Chatung who, despite getting a prestigious government job, chose media as his profession and became its pioneer in the State.
The Chief Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended his condolences to the bereaved family members and relatives.
Condoling Chatung’s death, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Senior Journalist Shri Taro Chatung ji. He had a passion for journalism. His untimely demise is a great loss for the Press Fraternity & the State as a whole.”
Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona also condoled the death of the veteran journalist.