New Delhi: The Chandigarh Police on Saturday saved a family from committing suicide due to food shortage in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, after a woman from the family called them, informing that they were about to end their lives, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. Also Read - Watch | Punjab Police Urges Women to Make Men Do the Household Chores Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
In an official statement, the police said that they swung into action after they received a distress call from the woman, saying that she, along with her husband and their unwell child will commit suicide as they didn’t have the means to buy food and medicine. Also Read - 70-Year-Old Man, Punjab's First COVID-19 Casualty, Transmitted Virus to Hundreds: Reports
On receiving the call, a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dilsher Singh, also comprising the Station House Officer (SHO), rushed to the family’s residence and provided them with food and some money, the statement further said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Youth, Who Committed Suicide by Jumping Off Delhi Hospital, Tests Negative
Notably, Punjab has thus far reported 38 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including one death. The deceased, a 72-year-old Gurudwara priest, had returned to India on March 6 after a two-week trip from Germany and Italy. Days later, he was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus and died on March 18.
He, however, had continued to socialise after returning from Europe and thus ended up transmitting the infection to at least 20 of the state’s positive COVID-19 cases.