NSG Commando dies of Covid-19, precious time lost in arranging ventilator, ambulance

A senior commando of the National Security Guard (NSG) died of Covid-19 on the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Hospital in Greater Noida on Wednesday morning. This is the primary Covid-19 associated demise in India’s prime counter-terrorist commando power.

Speaking to India Today TV, sources mentioned the officer, Group Commander (coordination) BK Jha, 54, contracted Covid-19 round April 19.

When his situation deteriorated, he was shifted to the CAPF Hospital, the place officers mentioned he was making a restoration. But on the intervening evening of Tuesday and Wednesday, his well being worsened.

The CAPF hospital caters to troops and officers from the NSG, the Central Reserve Police Force, the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the Assam Rifles.

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Top sources in the NSG mentioned, “When we realised, he was critical, we asked the officer to be put on a ventilator. Unfortunately the two ventilators at the hospital were non-functional.”

Following this, frantic cellphone calls have been made to AIIMS New Delhi, however the hospital mentioned it may well’t make an association at such brief discover.

Group Commander BK Jha was initially a 1993-batch officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) cadre and hailed from Bihar.

After this, the NSG contacted Fortis hospital in Noida, which mentioned it has a ventilator for the officer.

The subsequent problem was to shift Group Commander BK Jha to the hospital safely.

This was when the NSG realised that the CAPF Hospital doesn’t have a specialised ambulance to shift the officer to Fortis. The hospital had an ambulance, however it was not a life-saving ambulance.

In this way, essential time was lost because the NSG dispatched one of its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Ambulances (ACLS) that it had obtained two years in the past.

Group Commander BK Jha was taken into the ambulance however suffered a cardiac arrest.

Officials mentioned, the ambulance reached round 2:30 am, however sadly, the officer died at 3 am. “The doctors tried to revive him, but he died of cardiac arrest,” an official instructed India Today TV.

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“The officer was on Bipap which is a non-invasive therapy. We do have ventilators, but we are trying to assess why they were not put to use,” the NSG mentioned.

Meanwhile, sources in the ITBP mentioned a number of sufferers, together with officers, have been referred to the CAPF Hospital in Greater Noida.

“There have been some cases where ventilator was required, and they had to been referred elsewhere,” a supply in the ITBP mentioned.


“DG and all ranks of NSG mourn his death and remember his distinguished service to the nation. May Almighty rest his noble soul in eternal peace and give strength to his family to bear the loss,” the NSG tweeted.

“We are shocked. The officer was extremely fit and had no co-morbidities,” a senior NSG officer mentioned.

Group Commander BK Jha was initially a 1993-batch officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) cadre and hailed from Bihar. He joined the NSG on deputation from the BSF in 2018.

Reacting to the information, the BSF mentioned it stands with the household of the officer in these making an attempt occasions.

The NSG, as per official knowledge up to date until Monday, has had over 430 Covid-19 an infection circumstances until now, out of which solely about 59 are energetic.

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