Delhi Police inspector, posted with its anti-terrorist squad (ATS) (Special Cell), died of coronavirus disease (Covid-19)
Inspector Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who was conferred upon a gallantry award in January, was on a ventilator support for the past few days and received two plasma therapies since he was admitted to the hospital.
Special Cell officers said Yadav could not be saved, despite the best possible treatment and efforts by the doctors at the hospital.
LG Anil Baijal tweeted:
Extremely saddened at the death of Insp Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in the line of duty fighting COVID-19.A great warrior, recipient of Police Medal for gallantry, he brought laurels for @DelhiPolice. His untimely demise is irreplaceable loss for the organization
My deepest condolences!
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) July 1, 2020
The inspector is survived by his wife and two children – a son (17) and a daughter (11) – who live in east Delhi. A lot of social workers from various parts of Delhi are requesting Delhi Government to give Sanjeev Kumar Yadav a martyr status.
Over 2,000 Delhi Police personnel have tested Covid-19 positive, but more than 1,300 have recovered from the viral infection and resumed their duties so far, officials said.
Head constable Amit Kumar (31) of Bharat Nagar police station was the first Delhi Police personnel to die of Covid-19 on May 5.
Officials said the Delhi Police has taken a raft of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 outbreak among the personnel and their family members. Beds have been reserved for them in government and private hospitals and isolation centres have been set up for asymptomatic personnel, who are advised to be quarantined at home. However, many such patients don’t have enough space at their homes to self-quarantine themselves.