Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Director General of Police Lokanath Behera is in the line of fire over his controversial circular which recommended giving Covid-19 fighter medals to police personnel. 

The August 17 circular stated that the officers of all ranks who had completed 30-day duty will be rewarded with a Covid warrior pin.

However, the circular also said that police personnel would have to pay Rs 100 to secure the 'Covid Warrior pin' as reward for their in Covid-19 duties.

The circular has been sparked off massive outrage.

Asianet Newsable has accessed a note to the state police shot off by the commandant of the Kerala Armed Police Battalion 3.

In the note, the officer notes that not a single policeman was willing to pay Rs 100 to buy the 'Covid Warrior Pin'. 

Kerala recorded its highest single-day spike COVID-19 spike, with 11,755 fresh cases in over 24 hours. Raising concerns, the test positivity rate has gone up in the state and now stands at 17.74 per cent.