35,780 police personnel sacrifice their lives since independence

New Delhi: India on October 21, 2021, observed ‘Police Commemoration Day’ by remembering the supreme sacrifice made by the police personnel for the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid homage to all the martyred policemen.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said: “On Police Commemoration Day, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts by our police forces in preserving law and order, and assisting others in times of need. I pay homage to all those police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.”

Amit Shah tweeted that the “Police force is a quintessential example of courage, restraint and diligence. On ‘Police Commemoration Day’, on behalf of a grateful Nation, I bow to all the brave police personnel who made the supreme sacrifice to protect the Nation’s sovereignty. The sacrifice and dedication of every policeman inspire us to serve the Nation.”

The main programme was held at the National Police Memorial (NPM) in the Chanakyapuri area of the national capital, in which Union Ministers of State, Home Affairs Nityanand Rai and Ajay Mishra were present.

For the peace and security of the country, 377 policemen have laid down their lives in the last year and since Independence, 35,780 police personnel have sacrificed their lives, Rai informed in his speech.

He said that that on this day on October 21, 1959, the Chinese army killed 10 police personnel by attacking a police patrol in the Hot Spring area of ​​Eastern Ladakh. Since the year 1960, on this day, Police Commemoration Day is observed across the country in memory of the supreme sacrifice of the policemen.

Without naming China, Rai said that “our brave soldiers have given a befitting reply to the expansionist actions of a neighboring country and by thwarting their efforts, have given a message that India will not compromise on its sovereignty and security in any manner”.

The Minister also lauded the role of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in guarding the nation.

“The ITBP has an important contribution in this regard. In such a situation, the entire nation is proud of those personnel of ITBP who have contributed to the security of the nation by standing shoulder to shoulder with our Armed Forces.”

The minister said the police forces and special units like the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are the first to “lend a helping hand” during disasters and their capabilities in this area need to be further strengthened. He said India has got “stronger in every way” and the “morale has gone up” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rai informed that the Government of India is committed to equipping all police forces of the states and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) with new equipment and the modernization fund provided by the Center to the states plays an important role in this direction.

He also mentioned the Ayushman CAPF Health Scheme of the Government of India for CAPF Jawans, which was launched by Home Minister Amit Shah in January 2021 in Guwahati.

“With this, CAPF personnel and their families will receive health security to a great extent. We are urging state police forces to adopt this scheme for their personnel and their families. He said that it is a matter of happiness that 12 states have started the process of implementing this scheme in full or with some partial changes.”

He along with Ajay Kumar Mishra and chiefs of various police organisations and forces laid a wreath at the police memorial in honour of the personnel killed in the line of duty. (Press Release)


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