Another cop death takes second wave Kolkata Police toll to 6 | Kolkata News


KOLKATA: The Kolkata Police lost its sixth cop — the fourth in the past week — to Covid-19. With the death of two administrative staffers, total number of deaths of personnel in second wave in the force now stand at eight. Posted with the 4th battalion, the cop — identified as Pulak Mikhopadhyay (53) — was detected with Covid earlier this month. He was admitted to a nursing home at Baguiati where he breathed his last on Friday night, said Lalbazar sources. The total deaths in the force due to Covid, thus, now stand at 30 since the past year.
Police commissioner Soumen Mitra held a two-hour meeting with senior officers — from the level of OCs — to counter Covid in the force on Friday.
“Several ideas came up for discussion in the virtual meet,” stated an officer present in the meeting. Commissioner Mitra also wanted a cleaner Malkhana. For this, he asked for documents to be digitalized through a software maintained by the detective department. Among other proposals was to allow the family members affected by Covid to be treated at Kolkata Police Hospital and to ensure that all cops get vaccinated at the earliest.
The Lalbazar brass has now completed their internal assessment and found that over 600 family members of cops have been infected in the past one month. Around 3,000 cops are yet to complete vaccination. “We have held meetings on how to get the family members of cops, aged between 18-44, vaccinated. The meeting also talked about raising awareness in cops on how to respond to the virus once detected in a family member,” said a source.
According to cops, those who have vaccinated themselves twice are all remaining in home isolation despite contracting Covid. “The hospitalizations are taking place for those who either avoided vaccination or are still to get the second dose. We are trying to identify all those in the force who are yet to be vaccinated and the reasons they avoided vaccination. We will fix up counselling with doctors so that they are convinced to get vaccinated at the earliest,” said an officer from the welfare cell that is coordinating the Covid responses of Lalbazar.

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