Balasore, October 12 (LocalWire): Noted painter Debendra Khatua died when a speeding bus hit the scooter he was riding near Remuna square on National Highway 16 in Balasore district today.
According to the police, Khatua came under the wheels of the bus and was immediately rushed to the district headquarters hospital at Balasore where the doctors declared him brought dead.
A resident of Balasore town, the 41-year old Khatua was honoured by several organisations including Odisha Lalit Kala Academi.
He was a popular figure in the district and a teacher in a private school.
The driver of the bus has been arrested, the police said, adding that the body sent for post-mortem.