In a tragic incident, the daily Rising Kashmir newspaper lost its senior reporter Javid Ahmad from a heart attack on Thursday afternoon.
Javid, 31, suffered a massive heart attack near Pattan when he was travelling to Srinagar to attend a meeting at the Rising Kashmir office scheduled at 3 pm. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The meeting was cancelled as the news of his tragic death reached the office.
His funeral prayers were held at around 4:30 pm in his native village Watergam in Rafiabad and was later laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard.
People from all walks of life, especially senior journalists from various districts and civil society members attended his funeral.
Rising Kashmir Editor-in-Chief Hafiz Ayaz Gani along with all the staff members participated in his funeral prayers at his ancestral graveyard and expressed condolences with the bereaved family.
Terming Javid as part of a Rising Kashmir family, Ayaz assured all the possible help to the bereaved family to overcome the dreadful incident.
Javid, a resident of Watergam area of Rafiabad started his career as a budding journalist and a district reporter for Rising Kashmir. Currently, he was working at Srinagar office as a senior defence correspondent. He was a well established journalist and had worked on numerous wonderful stories over the years making his presence felt in the field of journalism.
He completed his Bachelors in Mass Communication at Government Boys Degree College Baramulla and later finished his masters in journalism from University of Madras.
He was awarded the Thiru K. Kamaraj Medal for securing first rank.
Apart from working with Rising Kashmir, Javid also worked with reputed national english dailies that include The Tribune and The Hindu. He also contributed his pieces to Huffington Post and also worked for First Post.
He was also a great mentor to the young reporters in the field and was always available for help to groom them.
Javid got married in the month of April this year. He is survived by his wife, parents and two younger siblings.
People from different walks of life, including politicians and journalists expressed shock over his death and paid him rich tributes.