One more dies in po­lice hir­ing drive; death toll 4

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Somita Pal & Man­ish K Pathak @ dna

Mum­bai: The gru­elling po­lice re­cruit­ment drive that is on in the city till June 19 claimed its fourth vic­tim, Rahul Sak­pal, 22, on Satur­day morn­ing. Sak­pal died at Fortis Hospi­tal, Mu­lund, due to sus­pected brain haem­or­rhage.

At least 1,20,000 ap­pli­cants are tak­ing the re­cruit­ment tests be­ing held in four cen­tres across the city for 2,500 posts of po­lice con­sta­bles.

Sak­pal col­lapsed while run­ning the 5km en­durance test, the last of the many tests that con­sti­tute the tough qual­i­fi­ca­tion exam ( long jump, high jump, shot put, 100m sprint).

His sis­ter Di­pali Sak­pal said: “He is a grad­u­ate and has been un­em­ployed for a while. He had high hopes that he would land a sta­ble po­lice job. He was very happy and up­beat when he left home at 6am on Wed­nes­day. Our life has come to stand­still with his death.” Sak­pal’s fa­ther is a BEST em­ployee.

Sak­pal came out of coma last evening and showed signs of re­cov­ery. “He recog­nised me and mum and tried com­mu­ni­cat­ing with his hands and lips. We were happy to see his im­prove­ment... But his con­di­tion started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing early morn­ing,” Di­pali said.

— Ra­jen­dra Gawankar/ dna

The vic­tim’s sis­ter ( right) at their Vikhroli home

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