Debasis Panigrahi, senior IPS officer and Odisha Police Vigilance Director, died in a private hospital in Calcutta while undergoing treatment after being infected with COVID-19, reports said on Saturday family sources.
He was 55 years old.
Panigarhi, an IPS officer in 1991, is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He was flown to the private hospital in Calcutta on June 8 and died at around 10:15 p.m. on Friday, the source said.
He had tested positive for coronavirus despite taking two doses of the vaccine in the first week of June and was initially in home isolation. But as his health declined, he was admitted to Cuttack Ashwini Covid Hospital where he was placed on life support.
He was later flown to Kolkata on June 8 as his health deteriorated further. He was under ECMO support as he had developed severe pneumonia and was also suffering from various other comorbidities.
Panigrahi was also a writer and had won the Odia Sahitya Akademi Prize. Recently he had written a book on the pandemic.
As news of Panigrahi’s death spread, condolences poured in from many quarters.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to his Twitter account to mourn the death of the 1991 batch IPS officer.
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senior IPS Officer Shri Debasis Panigrahi. He was an experienced and knowledgeable police administrator, as well as a prolific writer. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved family members and friends.
#OmShanti, ” Patnaik said.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his Twitter post said: ‘Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Debasis Panigrahi, senior IPS official and director of vigilance. He held several important positions as an IPS officer and served Odisha with distinction. Offer my deepest condolences to his family at this hour of mourning. ” Odisha DGP Abhay also paid rich tributes and said: “ He was an exceptional policeman, an accomplished writer, a compassionate human being and a dear friend . Odisha’s police are poorer. He will be missed and will be remembered for his hard work, integrity, sincerity, leadership and humility. ”“ We have lost our dear Debasis Panigrahi. He was an exceptional policeman, an accomplished writer, a compassionate human being and a dear friend. Odisha’s police are poorer. We will miss him. And his hard work, integrity, sincerity, leadership and humility are remembered, ”said DGP.
Expressing sorrow, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said the disappearance of the IPS officer left a huge void in the state bureaucracy that cannot easily be addressed. fulfilled.
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