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Days after sculptor Raghunath’s death, his two sons die of COVID

Raghunath Mohapatra (78), a Rajya Sabha member who was conferred with Padma Vibhushan, died on May 9.

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar |
Updated: May 22, 2021 6:32:06 am
Rajya Sabha member Raghunath Mohapatra died of COVID-19. (File)

Just about 10 days after the death of eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra due to Covid-19, his two sons have also succumbed to the infection.

Raghunath Mohapatra (78), a former Rajya Sabha member who was conferred with Padma Vibhushan, died at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar on May 9 while undergoing treatment for Covid-19.

On Wednesday, his younger son, Prasanta Mohapatra (47), who was also a former captain of Odisha’s Ranji Trophy cricket team, died of the infection at the same hospital.

On Thursday, his eldest son Jashobanta Mohapatra (52), who was shifted to SUM Covid Hospital from AIIMS in a critical condition, succumbed to the virus.

A pioneering figure in the world of sculpture, Raghunath continued to mentor budding sculptors in the state through his Raghunath Mohapatra Arts and Crafts Foundation at Sisupalgarh in Odisha. The workshops were open until April 20, where 50 students were being trained free of cost.

The family had lost their youngest son in a car accident four years ago.

According to officials at AIIMS, Prasanta, who was also a BCCI match referee and had first tested positive amongst the three, died after suffering a heart attack at AIIMS. While Prasanta had no major ailments, his father and brother had co-morbid conditions, doctors said.

“My entire family is gone in the blink of an eye. They could not meet each other, know about each other…” Raghunath’s wife Rajni said.

“We are yet to process what has happened. Our entire family is shattered. We have never felt so helpless,” Trupti said.

Prasanta is survived by wife Trupti and a daughter. Jashobanta is survived by wife Swarnaprabha and two children. None of them had tested positive for Covid-19, family members said.

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