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Covid-19 first death in NSG command force as officer succumbs to pandemic | India News


NEW DELHI: The country’s federal counterterrorism command force, the National Security Guard (NSG), reported its first coronavirus-related death on Wednesday when a high-ranking commander succumbed to the infection, authorities said.
Group commander (coordination) BK Jha was admitted to the Central Police Armed Forces Hospital (CAPF) in Greater Noida after he contracted Covid-19 and took his last breath early in the morning, they said.
This is the first coronavirus death at NSG. The officer was working with one of the force’s administrative units and was not in the combat wing, they added.
He was 53 years old.
Jha, originally an officer in the 1993 BSF cadre group, hailed from Bihar.
The officer joined the GSN in delegation from the Border Security Force in 2018.
He had previously served as the chief personnel officer and commander to the director general of the BSF.
Both forces operating under the command of the Union Ministry of the Interior mourned his death on their respective Twitter identifiers.
“DG and all ranks of NSG mourn his death and remember his distinguished service to the Nation. May the Almighty rest his noble soul in eternal peace and give his family strength to bear the loss,” said the NSG in its Twitter message. .
The BSF said it supports the officer’s family in these difficult times.
The NSG, according to official data updated as of Monday, has had more than 430 cases of Covid-19 infection so far, of which only about 59 are active.
The ‘Black Cats’ command force was created in 1984 as a federal contingency task force and its primary task includes conducting specific counterterrorism and counterattack operations and providing VVIP protection duties.
CAPFs such as the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB and two other forces under the Union Ministry of the Interior, NSG and NDRF, had more than 66,000 COVID-19 cases among them, of which more than 7,900 are active. , according to data.
These forces, more than 10 lakh in combined strength, have had around 248 deaths due to the pandemic so far.

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