In a freak incident, a young Kerala police officer who was playing football in between his training routines, collapsed and died on Thursday in Kochi.
Aneesh V, the 32 year-old civil police officer hailing from Wayanad and an ardent football player, died of cardiac arrest while he was playing the game along with his batchmates.
The police officer was attached to the first battalion of Kerala Armed Police (KAP) at Trippunithura in Kochi.
The incident happened around 8.15 am on Thursday. Though he was rushed to the nearby primary health centre, his condition did not get better and he was then shifted to Lakeshore hospital in Kochi. “He was brought to Lakeshore by around 9.15 am. For half an hour, we gave continous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency life saving procedure for people suffering from conditions like cardiac arrest, but by around 9.45 am, his death was declared by the doctors,” an official at Lakeshore hospital told TNM.
According to officers of Hill Palace police station, Aneesh was a passionate football player. “He used to play in district level football matches of Kerala Police. As per his batchmates, his death was quite unexpected. He was not suffering from any disease and on Thursday, they were in between their routine exercise and games, where all of a sudden he collapsed,” a police officer at Hill Palace police station told TNM.
Aneesh was at the battalion camp in Trippunithura as part of pre-promotion training. His body was kept at the KAP camp in Trippunithura for the public to pay homage, after his postmortem was conducted at Kalamassery Medical College on Thursday. Aneesh’s mortal remains were taken to his hometown in Wayanad on the same day by 7.30 pm. The funeral is expected to be held on Friday.