Meerut: A 24-year-old man, who supplied masks and sanitizers to UP police, was among 24 people who tested positive for Covid-19 on late Monday night, sending shockwaves in the department. 

A BJP councilors younger brother and PL Sharma district hospitals cleanliness supervisor were also among those found infected, raising concerns of a larger number of contacts and leaving a big trail for the health department to trace.

These cases belong to Prahlad Nagar, Sheesh Mahal (Lala Ka Bazaar) and PL Sharma hospital.

The 24-year-old man had tested positive at a private facility after he got his check-up done at a private hospital.His father said, “It started with normal cold, but later his sense of smell and taste got affected. That is when I showed him to a doctor. He was then admitted at LLRM Medical College.”

The family has a business of supplying equipment, like handcuffs and others to the UP police. However, when the pandemic struck, they shifted to manufacturing sanitizers, masks and other Covid-19 essentials and started supplying them to police in various districts, his father confirmed. They had supplied sanitizers and masks to Meerut police a month ago.

Hori Lal Singh, designated for purchases at Police Lines, said, “We had purchased some sanitizers a month ago. However, later, when our rates did not match, we stopped purchasing from them.” Meanwhile, three of his contacts have been quarantined including the doctor.

While the BJP councilor’s younger brother from Sheesh Mahal also tested positive, soon after which the area was made a hotspot.