Serving as AC (central) and managing high-risk areas of Burrabazar and Posta, Banerjee was one of the foremost Covid warriors who fought from the front. He had been on duty till he fell ill, his colleagues said. Banerjee was on ventilation for the past 100-odd hours before he breathed his last around 3am at a hospital off EM Bypass. He was initially treated at another hospital near Jorasanko. He was shifted to the Bypass hospital after his condition deteriorated. While Banerjee didn’t have any serious medical history, doctors at the hospital claimed his lungs’ condition had deteriorated, thus requiring advanced medical intervention.
More than 4,500 police personnel have been infected across the state, including around 1,700 from Kolkata Police. Around 1,500 have recovered.
Banerjee has served as officer-in-charge at three different police stations, including Park Street and Behala, before being promoted as the ACP of Behala. He was transferred to the central division thereafter.
Officers led by commissioner Anuj Sharma mourned his death. “Extremely saddened to share the news of untimely demise of an outstanding Officer ACP (Central Div) Uday Shankar Banerjee who was under treatment in hospital due to COVID-19 #TeamKP stands by the family of the deceased Officer #Sad #CoronaMartyr #RIP,” tweeted Sharma.
Lalbazar brass has now instructed all senior officers to use the Niramoy app to keep track of the health condition of its personnel and follow the SOP prepared to tackle Covid.