Anantapur: An inspector attached to the armed traffic wing of the Anantapur city police died of COVID-19 on 14 July. Inspector Rajasekhar had been undergoing treatment at a hospital for the past few days. He is the second officer in the state to die of corona virus.
Rajasekhar joined as a sub-inspector in the police department and rose to the rank of inspector. He was known as an efficient officer and had played a major role in the strict implementation of the COVID-19 lockdown in Anantapur, a colleague said.
Former-inspector and Hindupur MP Gorantla Madhav expressed deep condolence over the death of the inspector. He said that Rajasekhar was his contemporary in the police department and he had left his mark. The Andhra Pradesh government will take care of his family, Mr. Madhav added.
Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh director general of police (DGP), Gautam Sawang, had said that over 400 police personnel in the state had been infected by the corona virus.
A report released by Indian Police Foundation as on June 2nd, has revealed that 4,901 police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel have been infected with COVID-19 in the country.
They include police force of different states, Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles, and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
Of the states, Maharashtra topped the list with 2416 police officials being infected with deadly virus. 26 police officers in Maharashtra have succumbed to COVID-19.
While union territory of Delhi recorded 500 cases, Tamil Nadu witnessed 320 police personnel being infected with COVID-19.