2 Jalandhar cops who brought back Nanded pilgrims infected - ECAS Punjab

2 Jalandhar cops who brought back Nanded pilgrims infected

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 10

A DSP and a constable under isolation in Kapurthala have tested positive for Covid-19. They were part of a 42-member police team, which brought back 2,700 pilgrims from Nanded recently.

This is the first time that police personnel have tested positive in Doaba. They had gone to Nanded in Maharashtra on two mini-buses and a Bolero. They were part of the police contingent, which ensured the safe return of 80 buses of Punjab-based pilgrims.

Not having met family for the past over a fortnight, the infected police personnel are soon due for testing again as they have already spent 11 days in quarantine.

Both of them are posted at PAP. They had returned to Bathinda on April 29 and were brought to the isolation centre at Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala. Their samples were taken on May 1.

Narrating his ordeal, the DSP said, "We had set out on April 25 and reached Nanded Sahib on April 27. The same day, we started the return journey. They were all eager to come home. Everything was closed and even dhabas weren't open. We stopped at gurdwaras at Bhilwara while going to Nanded and while coming back for langar. On our way back, we also stopped at a gurdwara in Indore. They had their packets ready to be picked up by sangat."

Stating that he was well taken care of at the isolation centre, the cop said he only wanted to convey his well-being to his family who had been waiting for him. "Since we have been under quarantine ever since we came back, we are yet to meet our families. It's all part of the duty."



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