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In Batala police custody, gangster tests positive

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Tribune News Service

Batala/patiala, May 5

Gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria today tested positive for Covid-19, following which several senior and junior police officers, who were in contact with him have come under the scanner. Batala SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman confirmed the development.

The gangster was to Batala on April 30 on a production warrant from the Patiala Central Jail in a case related to the murder of SAD sarpanch Dalbir Singh Dhilwan in November. His test was conducted on May 2 and his report was made public today.

“Bhagwanpuria is lodged in the Civil Lines police station and will be shifted to the isolation ward of the civil hospital soon,” the SSP said.

Subsequently, senior officers went into a huddle and decided to screen one SP, three DSP-rank officers and nearly 40 constables, who were said to be in contact with the gangster.

“They will be home quarantined and tested. If any one of them tests positive, he will be shifted to the isolation ward,” said an officer.

Meanwhile in Patiala, a team led by district epidemiologist Dr Sumeet visited the Central jail on Tuesday and tried to trace Bhagwanpuria’s contacts.

The team is said to have zeroed in on 12 persons, including inmates and jail officials.

The jail authorities said the gangster was lodged in a separate cell after a mobile phone was seized from him on April 21.

from The Tribune

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