Updated: April 28, 2020 9:57:23 pm
A 55-year-old sub-inspector with the CRPF succumbed to COVID-19 infection on Tuesday in Delhi. This is the first death in the paramilitary force due to coronavirus. According to the CRPF, the sub-inspector, Mohammed Ikram Hussain, a resident of Barpeta in Assam, was attached with the 31st battalion of the CRPF. The battalion has its camp at Mayur Vihar.
Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to the sub-inspector, saying he kept fighting with coronavirus till his last breath and his contribution to national security was inspiring. “I am extremely saddened by the news of the death of CRPF’s brave sub-inspector Mohammed Ikram Hussain while fighting coronavirus infection. He kept fighting with the epidemic with great courage till his last moment,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.
मैंने परसों ही सब-इंस्पेक्टर इकराम हुसैन के परिजनों से फोन पर बात कर उनका कुशलक्षेम जाना था। देश के एक बहादुर जवान को खोना हम सभी के लिए एक अपूरणीय क्षति है। मैं उनके परिजनों के प्रति संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ। दुःख की इस घडी में पूरा देश और केंद्र सरकार उनके परिवार के साथ खड़ी है।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 28, 2020
He said he had spoken to the kin of the deceased only two days ago. “Day before yesterday, I had enquired about his well-being from his family members. To lose a brave soldier is an irreparable loss to all of us. I express my condolences to his family members. In this hour of grief, the entire country and the Union government stands by his family, ” he added.
Sources in the CRPF said the entire 31st battalion is under quarantine at the moment and the Mayur Vihar camp has been virtually sealed. They added that the situation is serious in the battalion as 46 of its jawans have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sources said the infection was brought to the Mayur Vihar camp by a jawan posted in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. The jawan, a resident of Noida, had come back home on leave just before the imposition of March 24 lockdown. He is part of the force’s nursing staff.
As he could no more go back to Kashmir, he was asked to join the paramedical facility at the Mayur Vihar camp of the 31st battalion. “That’s how the infection spread in the Mayur Vihar camp. Barring Mayur Vihar we have just one more positive Covid patient in the force. He is posted in Ahmedabad,” a CRPF officer said.
Notably, CRPF camps across the country are engaged in providing food and relief material to stranded migrant labour or poor daily wagers. The force has also been providing medical help to the needy.
The coronavirus deaths in the country are nearing the 1,000-mark, with 29,974 confirmed cases pan-nation. The total cases also include 7,026 recovered or discharged.
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