Dip in mercury, dense fog and long working hours have turned fatal for the Police Control Room (PCR) motorcycle crew. In the last five days, when the mercury was its lowest level at night, two of the PCR cops died due to cardiac arrest, while two PCR cops have met with road mishaps and suffered severe injuries.
Additonal deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) headquarters Dharuv Dahiya has called on officials of PCR squad and discussed the matter with them to sort out the issue.
The officials in the PCR wing said that though the officers had been showing concern over the issue, but there were thin chances in redressing the things, as the police department had been facing acute staff crunch. If the officers wanted to streamline the squad, minimum 210 more employees were needed.
It is pertinent to mention here that a cop head constable Surjit Kumar had died of cardiac arrest at the wee hours of January 25, while performing his duty, day after death of his colleague head constable Husan Lal that was also collapsed while performing his duty. Husan Lal also suffered cardiac arrest, and was rushed to hospital. Husan Lal had history of heart problem.
PCR cops said the mercury used to dip at zero degree at midnight. Due to Pathankot terrorist attack and sighting of suspects in Ludhiana they were pressed in patrolling duty those days, the acute chilling weather had added to their problems.
Due to dense fog these days, two of the cops have also met road mishaps.
According to department officials 105 PCR motorcycles are patrolling the city 24X7. When the PCR squad had started, they used to work in 8 hours shift, but, due to staff crunch they were forced to work for 12 hours.
ADCP Dharuv Dahiya said that the department would make sure that the PCR cops have adequate woolens and wood at halting points of PCR so cops could warm themselves. The department would also take up health issues of cops.