Ravi Kanojia, Principal Photographer with The Indian Express, died on Monday while photographing a water train in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district.
According to reports, the incident occurred when Kanojia climbed on the top of one of the wagons to capture the quality of water inside.
He opened the iron lid but came in contact with a high-voltage overhead electricity line. His body went up in flames and was flung a few metres away. He died on the spot.
News of Kanojia’s death sent shock waves in the Media industry.
Survived by his parents and three sisters, Kanojia was honoured by the Press Council of India for his coverage of Muzaffarnagar riots in 2014.
He was also a recipient of an honour by the Delhi government for “capturing the spirit of Delhi” through his photographs.