A 56-year-old Senior Traffic cop Anil Pawar attached to Mira-Bhayandar Traffic unit of Thane Rural Police died on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at Andheri hospital.
The victim Anil Pawar was posted as a Senior Police Inspector was attached to the Thane Rural Police (Traffic Department) at Kashimira Traffic unit. He was very active and was leading from the forefront of tackling the migrant exodus during the lockdown. Pawar was handling migrant labours for sending them from Jesal Park in Bhayandar to Vasai Road Railway Station without any problem.
The senior inspector was on duty on the highway at Kashimira distributed food packets from his own pockets to migrants who were walking to get to their home states.
Pawar demise is the first case of a cop’s death due to COVID-19 from the Mira-Bhayandar area.
Mourning over the departed soul, Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar Patil said, “It’s very sad and painful news for all the Thane Rural Police Personnel. He was a very humble and efficient police officer.”
After tested positive a week ago, the officer was admitted to the Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri.
He was known as a very disciplined and strict police officer. The death of an officer who always motivates his juniors to fight against Coronavirus has created an atmosphere of fear among the traffic police department.
On May 28, Pawar wrote a letter to then MBMC Chief Mr Dange to discipline their errant employees who were violating the traffic rules.
Eleven months ago, Anil Pawar was deployed as the Senior Police Inspector of Kashimira Traffic Department. His retirement was due in 2022. Meanwhile, his wife has also been tested positive and she is undergoing treatment at the same hospital in Andheri.
No doubt, late Anil Pawar was a strict and disciplined officer. However, he was a very sensitive human being. His humanity came in the forefront, when this journalist met him on the very first day of central government lockdown on March 23. In his vehicle, Pawar had feeding food which he was spreading on the road for doves. When asked, he said, “No one is on the road to take care of these creatures. We are on the road, so it’s our responsibility that they don’t get hungry.”
“At least 44 police personnel from the Thane Rural Police were infected by a coronavirus, of which 21 were undergoing treatment and 22 were discharged so far,” said Tukaram Tatkar, PRO, Thane Rural Police.
According to sources, “Four police personnel from the Local Crime Branch of Kashimira unit tested positive for Coronavirus infection.”
The death toll of cops in Maharashtra has touched 51. The number of positive cases among cops in the state has crossed 4,000. Of these over a 1,000 are active cases.