The accident took place near Pipili while Mukesh was returning from Puri along with Mr Parvat Kumar, reporter of the channel. The car in which both were traveling crashed against a roadside tree, resulting in serious injuries of Mukesh. Both Pravat and Mukesh were brought to Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar where Mukesh was declared dead.
The Presidium of Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has deeply mourned the sad demise. In a condolence message it has stated, “Mukesh was a wonderful person and a dedicated professional. People who have had the privilege of interacting or working with him would always remember him for his innate goodness. He would stand up for just any one in distress, be it a colleague or a stranger. His untimely demise has left everyone
shell-shocked. We offer our deepest condolence to his widow and other members of his family and wish them the strength to bear with the tragic loss”.
The MUFP has also wished Sri Prabhat Kumar to recover and get back into action at the earliest.
At the same time, MUFP has urged upon the employers of Aaj Tak to stand solidly behind Mukesh’s family since he was the only earning member of the family who died while on duty.