First COVID-19 casualty in para- military force as CRPF personnel dies of virus infection

New Delhi: The first casualty reported due to COVID-19 pandemic among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) following the death of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who was admitted to Safdarjung hospital here on Tuesday, the Force’s officials informed.
The 55-year-old sub-inspector (SI) rank official from Barpeta in Assam, was admitted to the Safdarjung hospital a few days back after being detected positive for the virus. “He died on Tuesday due to COVID-19 infection. He was posted with the 31st battalion of the force based in Delhi,” a senior CRPF official said.
The CRPF personnel was suffering from co-morbid conditions like diabetes and hypertension, he added.
At least 31 other personnel of this battalion have been admitted after they suspected to have contracted the virus from another colleague found positive in their camp. There have been a few positive cases in other CAPFs like the Border Security Force and the Central Industrial Security Force. Some among them have been cured too.
The CRPF is country’s largest paramilitary force with about 3.25 lakh personnel in its ranks and considered to be the backbone for the maintenance of internal security in the country and it is designated as the lead internal security force for anti-Naxal operations and counter-terrorist duties in the Kashmir valley.