Glass partitions are put up in police stations to minimize virus spread
KOLKATA: Police have started setting up quarantine centres on their own at the divisional level to ensure cops with even mild symptoms do not have to come in contact with others at home or in the barrack. The step, taken after multiple Covid cases were reported in police families and barracks, is expected to bring down the daily average of infected personnel in the Kolkata Police, the figure of which is now between 18 and 25 a day.
The Behala division is the first one to open its quarantine centre at Taratala on Saturday. For now, the facility can accommodate at least six people, and the target is to ramp up the facility for 20. At the police stations, specific cubicles with glass partitions have been set up for cops on duty. “Even if a complainant visits the police station, the glass partitions will stop their droplets from spreading to the cop on duty and vice versa,” said DC (Behala) Nilanjan Biswas. Three police stations-Taratala, Behala and Thakurpukur-have set up the cubicles. Efforts are on to replicate the model at Haridevpur, Parnasree and Sarsuna PS. Cubicles have been replicated in central and eastern suburban divisions.
There will also be a changing room, where cops entering the barracks will change their uniforms. This room will be sanitized after every use. “Commissioner Anuj Sharma has asked everyone to ensure barracks are sanitized and treated as single entities, different from police stations to ensure those reporting to work from homes do not carry virus to those residing at barracks,” an officer said.
Of the 711 infected Kolkata Police cops, six are from Behala division. Two of their family members are also infected. A total of 550 cops have recovered. Among the freshly infected personnel are cops from Kasba, Garfa, Charu Market, Entally and Rabindra Sarobar.