A senior police official on Wednesday said that 51 Maharashtra police personnel, including two officers, have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
Adding to that, he said that the state had detected the virus in more than 4,000 personnel of the Maharashtra police force.
“So far, 51 police personnel, including two officers, have died due to the coronavirus infection in the state,” a senior police official was quoted in a report from HT Mint Live.
Among these, 34 personnel of the Mumbai Police Force have been tested positive for COVID-19, he added. According to the official, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the state has recorded more than 4,000 police staff that have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of these cases, around 3,000 police personnel have recovered from the deadly disease.
He also said that all the infected officers have been admitted to various hospitals and are under treatment. A total of 998 positive cases, including 104 police officers, have been identified in the state police force itself.
The official stated that around 279 attacks on police personnel have been recorded since the lockdown was announced in March, apart from this 86 personnel were also severely injured. He added that the police had taken 858 people into custody in connection to the assaults.
During the lockdown period, around 52 assaults were also reported on medical staff and doctors. Strict action has been taken against those abusing and attacking healthcare professionals, who have been risking their lives to treat COVID-19 patients, he said.
In addition to this, 1,34,604 crimes were filed during the lockdown under IPC Section 188 (infringing the orders propagated by public servants). A total of 27,481 people have been arrested in connection to this along with 84,187 vehicles have been seized by the police, the official said.
Throughout this period of lockdown, Rs 8.72 crore fine has been collected by the police for various crimes and wrongdoings across the state.