It has been a bad August for the police with 47 deaths so far, the worst count for any month since the outbreak in March. “In July, 43 personnel had died, in June 33 had died, and 27 deaths were reported in April and May together,” an IPS officer said.
Constable Samir Pawar from the city and assistant sub-inspector Dinesh Kuvar of the Tulinj police station in Nalasopara were the latest to succumb to the virus on Thursday. Two policemen from Nagpur and one from Kolhapur died on Wednesday.
A month-old death of a Kalyan policeman was accounted for by the department only now.
Pawar (45), who is survived by his wife and teenaged son, was attached to the Charkop police station and had no co-morbidities. The city police toll is now 69.
Kuvar (49), the fourth police official from Palghar to die of Covid-19, was hospitalised with multiple organ failure earlier this week.
Constable Sanjid Jagtap (50) became the first from the Kolhapur police to die of Covid-19. “Around 8.30pm on Wednesday, he passed away. He had no co-morbidities,” his brother, Sandeep, also a policeman, said.
Jagtap is survived by his wife, a daughter who is in Class XII, a son in school, and an elderly mother. He was the family’s sole breadwinner.
Nagpur police constable Pratap Gupta (53) was on ventilator at a private hospital. He had shown improvement a day before he died and was supposed to be discharged. His condition deteriorated drastically and he died. Gupta was attached with the State Intelligence Department.
Another Nagpur policeman, constable Suresh Pal from the Pardi police station developed breathing difficulties and died.
Kalyan police constable Ghanshyam Salgaokar (55) died on July 27 and his report came two days later as Covidpositive, but the police department included his name among Covid-19 fatalities only on Wednesday.
(Inputs by Sandhya Nair & Pradeep Gupta)