Bhubaneswar: Condolences poured in from different quarters after Odisha Vigilance Director Debasis Panigrahi succumbed to COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata last night.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to his Twitter handle to mourn the death of the 1991-batch IPS officer.
Deeply saddened to know about the passing away of senior IPS officer Shri Debasis Panigrahi. He was an experienced, able police administrator and also a prolific writer. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family members and friends. #OmShanti
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 19, 2021
Odisha DGP Abhay also paid rich tribute to the departed soul and said, “He was an outstanding police officer, an accomplished writer, a compassionate human being and a dear friend. Odisha Police is poorer. He will be missed and remembered for his hard work, integrity, sincerity, leadership and humility.”
Expressing grief, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said IPS officer’s demise has left a huge void in the state bureaucracy that cannot be easily filled.
We lost one more good human being today to Covid. He is Debashis Panigrahi, IPS, a fine officer, a fantastic human and a great person. I hv seen him from his probation days till Addl DG. We will miss you Debashis. You hv left a huge void in State bureaucracy. RIP.
— Pradeep Jena IAS (@PradeepJenaIAS) June 18, 2021
Former Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi also condoled Panigrahi’s death.
We have lost Debasish Panigrahi.
Have no words to express my grief. It’s a devastating blow to Odisha Police, Odia literature and to me personally. 🙏
— Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi (@SarangiSudhansu) June 18, 2021
Panigrahi was initially admitted to the Ashwini COVID Hospital, Cuttack on May 29. He was airlifted to Kolkata on June 8 as he required ECMO support after deterioration of his health condition. He had developed complications, including inflammation of lungs.
He breathed his last at around 10.15 pm yesterday.