53-yr-old cop dies of COVID-19, toll rises to 119 in Mumbai Police

Priyanka NavalkarUpdated: Monday, May 31, 2021, 07:59 PM IST
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A 53-year-old police constable, Shivaji Patil, attached to Sewree police station in Mumbai Police's south region succumbed to COVID-19 on Monday. The constable's death marked the 119th death in the Mumbai Police force. Till now 8,883 police personnel had contracted the virus, of which 191 are still battling with COVID-19.

Police said that Patil, who had comorbidities like blood cancer, due to which he was advised against taking the COVID-19 vaccine, which was administered to the police personnel as a part of its drive for frontline workers. Patil, who stayed at Old Police Line in Kalachowki, was tested positive for Coronavirus on May 13, was shifted to Sapphire Hospital in Thane, where he succumbed to COVID-19 in the wee hours of Monday.

Police said that Patil, who was diagnosed with blood cancer, was on sick leave for the last six months. He was earlier being treated at Bombay Hospital and was recently discharged, only to be contracted with the virus during his treatment. Manoj Saindre, senior inspector of Sewree police station said that Patil is survived by his wife and two children. Patil was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last week and his oxygen level was as low as 10 percent when he was put on the ventilator.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police have booked 376 people for 279 lockdown violations recorded on Sunday. Chaitanya S, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) said that of the 279 offences, 104 were registered against shop establishments that were operating despite lockdown like curbs, 98 were recorded against people loitering without a valid reason, 30 against people found without masks and 29 for gathering in public places. While four offences were registered against hotels, one against betel nut shop owner, three for illegal vehicular movement and five each against hawkers and those found violating COVID quarantine rules.

Police also added that of the 376 violators booked under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of orders promulgated by a public servant, 191 were arrested and released on bail, 182 were issued notices under CrPC and three are yet to be arrested. Subsequently, police also seized 41 vehicles of motorists booked under section 188.

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