Senior journalist Amrita Choudhary died here in a road accident on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway in the wee hours of Monday.
Choudhary, Ludhiana-based principal correspondent of The Indian Express, was returning to Ludhiana on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after attending a function in Chandigarh.
Choudhary, 40, suffered serious injuries as the taxi she was travelling in had a head-on collision with a Tata Innova at Kohara, 35 km from here, around 2am. One of her colleagues and the taxi driver received minor injuries.
Choudhary was rushed to the local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared her brain dead in the morning. After all attempts to revive her failed she was declared dead in the evening, leaving the local media fraternity in shock.
Throughout the day mediapersons and political leaders reached the hospital to enquire about her health. Harcharan Bains, media adviser to the chief minister, also visited the hospital in the afternoon.
Choudhary, who was known for fearless reporting, leaves behind an 11-year-old son.
Meanwhile, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has expressed grief over her tragic and untimely demise. In a condolence message, Badal recalled the outstanding journalistic service rendered by Choudhary. Badal described her as a fearless journalist who discharged her duty with utmost dedication.
Showing sympathy with the bereaved family, the chief minister prayed to God to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to her family to bear the loss.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also expressed shock at the untimely demise. In his message, Sukhbir said Choudhary would be remembered for fearless journalism, primarily for raising the issues of the deprived sections.
In a condolence message, information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia said Choudhary's news reports focused on development in rural areas and she would be remembered for her extensive field reporting. Both the leaders expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.