Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah on 21 October paid tribute to all police personnel who have laid down their lives for the country, on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day.
“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,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Speaking on the occasion at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi, Shah said a total of 343 personnel had lost their lives during India’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning his address, the home minister said, “35,398 police personnel have sacrificed their lives from independence till today. I want to tell their family members that this memorial is not made up only of bricks, stones and cement, it also reminds the country that every single drop of the martyrs’ blood has taken India forward on the path of development.”
Shah further said it is because of those who have sacrificed their lives, people of the country can sleep peacefully. “Policemen have to be alert 24×7 even during festivals. When people celebrate festivals, a policeman still has to be on duty,” he said.
Speaking on the role of the police in enforcing the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shah said, “As home minister, I can proudly say that during lockdown, whenever needed, police personnel were there to provide help. Indian police fought against COVID-19 as frontline warriors, and the whole country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well, have appreciated them.”
“During our battle against COVID-19, 343 police personnel lost their lives while serving the nation as Corona warriors,” home minister added.
Shah paid tribute to ten Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who lost their lives in an ambush by the Chinese forces in Hot Springs in Ladakh on 21 October, 1959.
It is to commemorate their sacrifice that 21 October is observed annually as Police Commemoration Day.
10 Indian policemen lost their lives and seven were injured when Indian troops were attacked by the Chinese in Ladakh on 21 October 1959. The Police Commemoration Day is observed to remember the sacrifice of these police personnel as well as to honour the sacrifices made by the force in carrying out their duty. The first-ever National Police Memorial was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in 2018 to honour the service of police forces.