Kohima, October 21: Observing the Police Commemoration Day on Monday, Director General of Police (DGP), Nagaland, T John Longkumer said that the duty of a policeman requires a lot of sacrifice to ensure that the society is safe.
“On a daily basis we combat anti-socials, terrorists and disruptive forces that threatens to tear our nation from the inside,” he said while exhorting police personnel at Police New Reserve, Phesama here.
Highlighting the significance of the day, he said police commemoration day is observed on October 21 every year to mark the martyrdom of policemen killed in Ladakh in 1959 and to pay tribute to all other police personnel killed on duty during the year.
The DGP narrated that on October 21, 1959, when a patrol CRPF, led by DCIO Karam Singh, was ambushed by the Chinese forces at Hot springs Ladakh and 10 jawans were killed.
The annual conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January 1960 decided that October 21 would be observed as Commemoration Day in all police lines throughout the country to mark the memory of the gallant men who were killed in Lakdah and all other police personnel killed on duty during the year.
“We pay our respects to the brave and valiant police personnel whyo sacrificed their valuable lives to protect the integrity and security of the country,” the DPG said.
Today is not only a day of remembrance but a day when we renew our pledge to serve out people, to secure and maintain the integrity of our nation,” he said.
On the occasion the names of the 292 personnel who laid their lives in the defense of the nation from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019 was read out by AIG (Ops) Vikram Ezung while rich floral tribute was paid for the supreme sacrifice made the personnel at Police New Reserve, Phesama here.
(Page News Service)