MUMBAI: A 33-year-old officer from the Bangur Nagar police station tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day after his death on Thursday. Nitesh Deshmukh is the second youngest officer from the city police force to succumb to the virus. He had also been detected with blood cancer, his seniors said. With Deshmukh’s death, the Covid toll in the city police force has reached 51 and that in the state has reached 86.
Deshmukh had suffered from kidney stones in the past. When he started suffering from stomach ache earlier this month, he told his seniors that he would go on leave from July 16. He planned to go to his native place for treatment. But his condition dipped and he stopped reporting to work from July 9. On July 12, he was admitted to a private hospital in the western suburbs where his cancer was detected. His mother had also succumbed to cancer when Deshmukh was a child.
“Deshmukh’s brother came down to look after him. Deshmukh was scheduled to undergo multiple tests on July 16. But he passed away on the same day,” said senior inspector Shobha Pise, Bangur Nagar police station. Deshmukh’s swab was collected on July 16 for a Covid test and the report came positive the next day.
Deshmukh is the first officer from Bangur Nagar police station to test positive; so far, only the constabulary had been infected. He is the fourth officer from the Mumbai police force to test positive for Covid-19.

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