COVID Deaths: IJU, PCI mourn deaths of three journalists in Delhi

The three journalists are Renu Agal, Hindi editor of The Wire; Ashish Yechury, the copy editor of The Times of India; and Chanchal Pal Chauhan of The Economic Times.


(L-R) Chanchal Pal Chauhan, Ashish Yechury and Renu Agal

The Indian Journalists' Union (IJU) and the Press Club of India (PCI) on Thursday expressed shock over the deaths of the three journalists in Delhi due to Coronavirus infection in a span of 24 hours.  

The three journalists are Renu Agal, Hindi editor of The Wire; Ashish Yechury, copy editor of The Times of India;and Chanchal Pal Chauhan of The Economic Times.

"The IJU is shocked to know that three young journalists died of Covid-19 virus in just 24 hours in Delhi. They are Renu Agal, Hindi editor of The Wire, Chanchal Pal Chauhan of The Economic Times and Ashish Yechuri, the copy editor of The Times of India. The IJU is shocked at the death of young talented journalists due to Covid-19 virus attack. IJU appeals to all journalists to take care while on duty and otherwise of the dreaded pandemic covid 19 virus," IJU secretary general G Prabhakaran stated. 

The Press Club of India also mourned the deaths of the three journalists in the national capital.

"The Press Club of India is shocked at the passing away of our member Renu Agal, Editor Print (Hindi) and formerly with the BBC. We deeply mourn the untimely passing. Renu had sustained serious injuries in an accident outside her home," PCI tweeted.

"The Press Club of India deeply mourns the passing of young journalist Ashish Yechury, who breathed his last at Medanta battling covid. Ashish was at NewsLaundry and had worked with TOI, IBNLive, & Pune Mirror earlier. The Club stands by the Yechury family in this hour of grief," PCI said in a tweet.

"We are sad at the passing of Chanchal Pal Chauhan, ET Auto, Features Editor due to Covid-19. He breathed his last late last night after his condition deteriorated rapidly. We pray for the departed soul," the PCI tweeted. 

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First Published:April 22, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

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