A 43-year-old constable, who was with the Traffic Control Branch of Pune City Police and was battling Covid-19 infection, passed away on Thursday morning.
Constable Deepak Sawant had tested positive on May 8 and after initial treatment at Sassoon Hospital, he was was shifted to Bharti Hospital in Pune on May 10, said a police official. He was put on ventilator support two days after being shifted to Bharti Hospital, where he died on Thursday morning.
Sawant, an ex-serviceman, had joined the Army in 1995. He retired in 2015 and joined the Pune police force the next year. He was with the Samarth Traffic Division of Pune police
Sawant is survived by his wife and son.
Pune City Police Commissioner K Venkatesham tweeted, “My colleague in Pune City Police force, constable Deepak Nathuram Sawant, who was bravely fighting the battle against coronavirus, achieved martyrdom today morning. Tributes on behalf of the police force.”
Sawant is the second policeman in Pune to have succumbed to the virus. A 57-year-old assistant sub-inspector died of the infection in the first week of May.
As on Wednesday, 1,388 police personnel from the two lakh-strong Maharashtra Police had tested positive for the virus, and the toll in police forces across the state till Wednesday was 12.
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