Police Commemoration Day: Spare A Thought For India’s Cops

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Kolkata: The National Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 remembering the brave policemen who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties. Rich tributes are paid to the martyrs on this day.

Chinese troops opened fire and threw grenades at a party of 20 police personnel. Ten were killed in the incident, which left seven others injured, who were later taken as prisoners. Three weeks later, China returned the bodies of the ten personnel which were later cremated with full police honours at Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh. Police personnel had been responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.

A memorial was erected at Hot Springs and members of Police Forces from different parts of the country trek to Hot Springs to pay homage to the martyrs. Since the year 2012, the Police Commemoration Day Parade is being held at the National level at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri.

Since independence, 34,418 police personnel have lost their lives while protecting the country. In the past one year, from September 2016 to August 2017, 383 police personnel had died.

Each year this day that is meant to honour the supreme sacrifices of the police largely goes unnoticed due to continued indifference on part of the polity, media, society and other established institutions that cannot do without the police, and yet they don’t remember the police as it has been taken for that cops will selflessly continue to serve all institutions despite the non-recognition of the force to meet the expectations of one and all.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the Police Commemoration Day Parade at the Police Memorial Ground in New Delhi on Saturday. In a statement released on Friday, the home ministry said Singh would lead the nation in paying homage to police personnel who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the nation.

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