Hyderabad: A report released by Indian Police Foundation 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.

Andhra Pradesh reported 45 police officers testing COVID-19 positive, while one police officer succumbed to the infection. In Telangana, 20 police officers are COVID-19 positive, while 17 officers are in quarantine. On May 21, Telangana had reported the death of a police constable from Kulsumpura.

Police Data

BSF most infected among forces

The data from the Indian Police Foundation, an independent think tank on policing and law enforcement, revealed that BSF was the most affected among the CAPF.

BSF had 427 COVID-19 infected personnel, followed by the CRPF with 363 officers. CISF recorded the third highest number of officers being infected with COVID-19.

Across the country, over 10,000 police officers have been kept under quarantine, while 47 officers have succumbed to COVID-19.

State police officers are holding regular medical check-ups of their personnel. For instance, Hyderabad traffic police are checking temperature of all the officers entering its headquarters, while the Rachakonda Comissionerate in Hyderabad is conducting regular medical tests of its men.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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