Video: Okhla bids tearful adieu to Pulitzer-award winning photojournalist Danish
Okhla bids tearful adieu to Pulitzer-award winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqi whose body arrived from Afghanistan today at his house in Ghaffar Manzil at 8:15 pm. Since the news of death of Danish surfaced in the media on Friday morning, residents, university officials, politicians and friends and neighbours started pouring in to meet Danish’s father, a retired Professor of Jamia Millia Islamia. Professor Akhtar Siddiqui, retired from Jamia as Dean, Faculty of Education.
Friends and neighbours remember Danish as a kind and compassionate person. Professor Akhtar told the OT that his son was a darling of the family. Many residents, who knew, Danish, said they will miss a compassionate and friendly man.
Danish studied at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) from 2005 -2007.
The death certificate issued by the Embassy of India in Kabul says Siddiqui died on July 16 at Spin Boldak, Kandahar, Afghanistan while on assignment with Reuters as chief reporter and photographer.
After the death, friends and family members were waiting for the body to arrive in Delhi so that they could have the last look. However, at the namaz-e-janaza held at Jamia main mosque field it was announced that the casket in which Danish was wrapped will not be opened and his body will be laid to rest with the casket. A resident, who attended his last journey, told the OT over phone that a large number of people had turned up and everything went on smoothly.
Danish was laid to rest at Jamia graveyard.