Coronavirus in Bangalore: Top brass on toes as ASI succumbs, 22 cops test positive for Covid-19 | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: With a senior police personnel succumbing to Covid-19 and 22 cops testing positive in Bengaluru on Sunday, the city police chief has decided to send all field personnel aged 55 years or more on paid leave and directed officers to liaise with the public in specially erected tents outside the stations.
Addressing his force on the wireless in the morning, city commissioner of police Bhaskar Rao listed 13 dos and don’ts for his personnel, including receiving complaints from people only after screening them.

The stay-at-home order applies to personnel of the rank of sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector, head constable and constable. The commandments came hours after a 59-year-old ASI working with Wilson Garden traffic police station died at a private hospital past Saturday midnight. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
This is the third fatality in the force in the past five days. The other two — a VV Puram traffic ASI died on June 16 and a Kalasipalya constable succumbed on June 20 — were also past 55 years. At least 66 city police personnel have tested positive till date.
Sunday’s newly infected include 15 personnel from Kalasipalya station, five from Ashokanagar traffic station and one each from Koramangala and Bandepalya stations. Kalasipalya is the worst affected of the city’s police stations, reporting 24 cases and one death till date.
Police sources said that the deceased police officer from Wilson Garden reported fever on June 12, but took medicine on his own. He attended duty till June 17 and his colleagues suggested that he get checked for Covid-19.
ASI had kidney, liver complications: Officer
He was admitted to a private hospital, where his Covid-19 test result came positive on Saturday. His condition worsened as he had kidney and liver complications and breathed his last by midnight,” an officer from Wilson Garden traffic police station said.
Police said the ASI’s wife and two children have since been quarantined. Neither the station is sealed off nor its policemen are quarantined yet.
A few of the ASI’s colleagues at the police station are running a temperature. “We traced 10 primary contacts and several secondary contacts of the of the ASI. Many have given samples for Covid-19 test on Saturday and waiting for the report,” a police officer said.
“We were unable to shift the Covid-infected ASI to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital or Victoria Hospital due to lakh of beds. We, including ASI’s younger brother working in CAR, made efforts to shift him to a government hospital in vain,” alleged a colleague of the dead officer.
In Ashok Nagar traffic police station, a probationary SI, an ASI and three constables, including a woman, have been infected. A 31-year-old constable from Bandepalya police station and a 32-year-old constable from Koramangala station are also infected.
Twenty-seven personnel are infected in west division; 12 in traffic west division; 10 in traffic east division; 4 in CCB; two each in southeast, east and central divisions and CAR headquarters; one each in north, south, CAR west.

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