GUWAHATI, June 9 - Senior journalist Nand Kishore Gupta breathed his last around 3.10 pm at the Mumbai airport from where he was supposed to board a flight to Guwahati.
Gupta, 46, had been suffering from gall bladder cancer and had gone to Mumbai for treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital.
Having contributed to the field of journalism for nearly 20 years, Gupta, a city-based journalist, worked with various Hindi newspapers including Hindi Sentinel, Pratah Khabar and Purvanchal Prahari.
Till his death, he was associated with Purvanchal Prahari as a senior sub-editor.
A man of amiable nature, Gupta played a key role in shaping the career of a number of young journalists. Although he started his career as a reporter and covered the crime beat for his organisation, he later shifted to desk (sub-editor) work. He had working knowledge of English, Hindi and Assamese.
Sources close to his family informed that the post-mortem would be done in Mumbai under the supervision of the Mumbai Police as he died at the airport.
His family has agreed to follow the procedure, but has appealed to the State government to take up the matter with the Mumbai Police so that his body can be brought back to Guwahati immediately. Assam Police has assured that it would take up the matter with its Mumbai counterpart.
Gupta leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son. His death has cast a pall of gloom in the media fraternity.