Police Commemoration Day being observed across country
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Police Commemoration Day is being observed today. The day is observed on 21st October every year to honor the loyalty and supreme sacrifice of police personnel for the nation. It was on this day in 1959 when CRPF led a saga of valour and sacrifice in the inaccessible, inhospitable terrain of Hot Springs in Ladakh. A patrol party of twenty personnel of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau had gone to search for a missing reconnaissance party when it was ambushed by the Chinese Army.
A patrol party of twenty personnel of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau had gone to search for a missing reconnaissance party when it was ambushed by the Chinese Army. In spite of the sudden attack and disadvantageous tactical position, they fought valiantly against the Chinese army personnel who were in large numbers and heavily armed. In this battle, ten CRPF men were martyred in defense of the country.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today paid homage to all police personnel, who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.
In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, the nation is ever grateful to them for their sacrifice, valour and commitment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty and said police personnel always give their best without hesitation.
In his message on Police Commemoration Day, Modi said from preserving law and order to solving horrendous crimes, from assistance in disaster management to fighting COVID-19, police personnel always give their best without hesitation.
"We are proud of their diligence and readiness to assist citizens," he tweeted.
The prime minister added, "Police Commemoration Day is about expressing gratitude to our police personnel and their families all across India. We pay tributes to all the police personnel martyred in the line of duty. Their sacrifice and service would always be remembered."
Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to police personnel, who lost their lives in the line of duty. Addressing the Police Commemoration Day Parade at National Police Memorial in New Delhi, Shah said, that so far 35 thousand 398 police personnel have laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
While addressing a joint column of police and Central Armed Police Forces jawans and officers at the National Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri, Shah said the work of police is witnessing new challenges and new dimensions in the areas of terrorism, fake currency, narcotics control, cyber crime, arms smuggling, human trafficking. It is a challenge to prepare the police forces for the new dimensions that have emerged in the last 2-3 decades."
"We have prepared a comprehensive modernisation programme for the police and I am hopeful that in the coming days the Modi government will prepare them to meet these challenges," he said.
He said the government is bringing in technology to make the country's borders "impregnable" and detailed preparations are being made.
The technology and promptness of troops will go hand-in-hand and "we will be able to better secure our borders", he said.
Shah also said that the government was "going to do many things" so that the deficiency in availability of police personnel per one lakh population is addressed.
He lauded the police personnel for ensuring internal and border security in the country with their vigilance.
He said a total of 35,398 police and CAPF personnel have laid down their lives in the line of duty till now with 264 making the supreme sacrifice in the past year.
Shah also remembered the 343 personnel who were killed due to COVID-19 and said these personnel continued on duty to help people, donate blood and plasma.
He added "many changes" will soon be visible in the context of police housing satisfaction ratio and training and that his ministry was working on these issues.
A ceremonial guard of honour by a joint squad of the CAPFs was presented during the event that was attended by Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar and chiefs of various CAPFs.