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Police Inspector dies of COVID-19 in TN, buried with full honours

Chennai, June 18 (UNI) An Inspector of Police, attached to the
Law and Order wing in Mambalam police station in the city, died
of coronavirus last evening and his mortal remains were buried
with full honours and a 30-gun salute.
The Inspector, S Balamurali (47) is the first police personnel
to succumb to the virus in the State.
Balamurali was survived by his wife and two children, aged 13
and nine.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami condoled the
death of Balamurali and said a government job would be given
to one of his family members.
Leaders of various political parties, including DMK President
M K Stalin also condoled his death.
Balamurali tested positive on June five and was shifted to the
IIT-Madras quarantine centre.
As his condition worsened, he was shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi
Government General Hospital, where he succumbed last evening.
His mortal remains were buried at Kannammapet burial ground
with full honours on Thursday morning.
Later, Tamil Nadu DGP J K Tripathy, Greater Chennai City Police
Commissioner A K Viswanathan and senior police officials paid
rich tributes to a portrait of Balamurali at the Mambalam police
A native of Vellore district, Balamurali was an engineering graduate
having completed BE in Electronics and Communication. However,
he chose to join the police force in 2000 as a Sub-Inspector and was
promoted as Inspector in 2010.
On Saturday, doctors informed higher officials in the police department
that Balamurali's condition was critical following which Mr Viswanathan
and other officials stepped up and stood guarantee to buy a crucial drug
which was not easily available.
It was said that three doses of the vaccine cost about Rs 2.25 lakh and
a separate medical crew monitored him.
Though Balamurali initially showed signs of improvement, he succumbed
to the virus on Wednesday evening, sending shock waves among the entire
police force.
More than 600 police personnel, who were in the frontline of COVID-19 duty,
have tested positive and more than 250 of them were discharged and have
rejoined duty.
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