95 Odisha cops infected with COVID-19 resume duty after recovery

Bhubaneswar: As many as 95 personnel of Odisha Police infected with COVID-19 have resumed their duty following recovering from the deadly virus.

“They were infected, but defeated Covid 19.And now back to frontline to save others,” tweeted Odisha DGP Abhay today.

Many Police Corona Warriors have been infected with COVID-19 in discharge of their duty. However, COVID-19 has not affected their spirit or determination to save the people of Odisha. They have defeated COVID-19 and re-joined frontline enforcement duty, stated Odisha Police in a release.

In recognition of their dedication and commitment to public service, Odisha Police has decided to issue ‘special appreciation’ from DGP for all COVID warriors, who promptly joined their duty after recovery.

In a letter to all heads of police establishments, DGP directed them to send the names of all recovered police personnel who, joined enforcement duty along with relevant details in prescribed proforma, for issue of the special appreciation.

Such recommendation will be sent to every police corona warrior in future on recovery promptly re-joins enforcement duty.

As per decision, entry will be made in service book of concerned police personnel about conferring of the special appreciation by DGP.

The signed special appreciation will be sent to heads of police establishment where it will be presented to the recovered police corona warrior by an officer in rank of SP or Commandant, maintaining social distance.

Of 95 police personnel infected with COVID-19, the highest number of 25 employees were from Ganjam police followed by Berhampur police with 23.

Similarly, 14 employees from OSAP 8th Batalion, Chhatrapur; 10 from OSAP 2nd Batallion, Jharsuguda; 6 from OSAP 3rd Batalion, Koraput; 3 from 4th IRBn Bamparada, Deogarh; 2 each from Malkangiri police and Puri police; and 1 each from UPD Bhubaneswar, Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, OSAP 6th Batallion in Cuttack, OSAP 4th SSBn in Malkangiri, 5th IRBn Balasinga in Boudh and 7th Special IRBn in Koraput were detected positive for COVID-19.

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