Assistant Commissioner of Police (administration) Shaligram Patil died of a cardiac arrest at the Sawarkar swimming pool on Trimbak Road on Sunday.
Around 7.15 am, the senior police officer (58) took a dive into the pool but did not come up. On noticing this, other swimmers raised an alarm and themselves pulled him up. They took him to Nashik Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival by physician Rahul Patil. Senior officers, including commissioner of police Ravinder Kumar Singal, his deputies Vijay Patil and Srikant Dhivare, and inspector Somnath Tambe, rushed to the civil hospital.
Patil had joined the police commissioner as an ACP about two months ago from Karjat in Raigarh, He had also served the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s Nashik unit as the deputy superintendent.
The officer is survived by his wife and their two sons.
The officer’s death has once again brought to the fore the issue of the police officials’ health. DCP Patil said, “While health camps are organised for the police, they are limited to getting advises from expert doctors on what care should be taken and the tests needed to be conducted. But most of the personnel rarely get the tests done. This is either because of negligence about one’s health or lack of time they have because of long work hours and ever-changing shifts.”
Patil said most of the medical tests were expensive and not covered by the facilities provided by the department.
Another cause for concern is the general trend of personnel aged above 30 of not availing of the monthly allowance. Last year, of the 2,000 cops in the age bracket, only 663 availed of the monthly allowance of Rs 250. While the police administration has been attributing this to the cause to lack of awareness, others said there was also the fear among their colleagues about being declared unfit.
To get the monthly fitness allowance, these personnel above 30 have to undergo the fitness test, which they skip from the fear of being declared unfit.