Amidst the ongoing rumours surrounding the death of Havaldar Dhondiba Bawdhane as result of contracting the Coronavirus, medical reports have revealed that the policeman with over 22 years of service as a mobile van driver at Powai police station has tested negative of COVID-19. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sakinaka Division confirmed to ‘The Watchdog News’ that the deceased’s medical reports came, indicating that he died of pneumonia.
The deceased's autopsy came back negative for the Coronavirus and urged members of the media to not spread false, unfounded misinformation about the nature of the policeman’s death. Speaking to 'The Watchdog News' Dr. Vidya Thakur, Medical Superintendent at Rajawadi hospital said, "Swab samples were taken during the night of inspection. The patients COVID-19 report came out negative."
“Medical reports from Havaldar Bawdhane’s autopsy are back and indicate no signs of him suffering from COVID-19. The media has been quick to assign the cause of death to be due to the Coronavirus. However, this is not only untrue but also irresponsible reporting. I urge that esteemed members of the media clarify their stories before publishing them, especially on serious issues such as this.” Said ACP Khetle to this correspondent.
Several media publications, ranging from Online to Broadcast news were quick to break the story yesterday and claimed that the deceased was symptomatic and succumbed to the Coronavirus while seeking medical treatment at Raja wadi hospital. The stories claiming that Havaldar Bawdhane was COVID-19 positive broke out even before the career policeman’s funeral was over and before any conclusion by the medical authorities who had conducted the autopsy.
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