Police force is an essential prerequisite for democracy to survive and thrive, Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation M.V. Satyanarayana said.
Addressing the ceremonial guard, police officers and policemen at the Police Commemoration Day here on Monday, he urged everyone to aid and assist the policeman in doing his duty as the police force was the bedrock of modern democracy. He recalled his association with some of the police martyrs and said he had very fond memories of these sincere officers.
Earlier, the policemen in their ceremonial best welcomed senior police officers and other officials and reserved the ceremonial salute to the GVMC Commissioner who was the chief guest on the occasion.
The policemen, who lined up on the Beach Road at the statue of the Police Martyrs, made a pretty picture with the crashing waves of the Bay of Bengal adding to the mood.
The bugles and brass band of the Police Band set the mood for a celebration of a martyrdom that is a privilege of few serving men and women of the uniformed forces. The pride of having made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duty in protecting the interests of fellow Indians made the policemen’s chest swell with pride.
The honour roll call listed out 571 police officers and men who laid down their lives in the line of duty across the country. The number was with reference to the period October 1, 2012 to September 30 2013. While one policeman from the State was felled by the bullets of extremists there were so many other states and Central police forces who lost a number of officials and men. They included men and officers from the Central Armed Police Forces who lost their lives combating the Left wing extremists in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Commissioner of Police B Shivadhar Reddy paid tributes to the police martyrs and urged the men and officers to pay respects to their colleagues who gave up their life in the line of duty.
Collector Solomon Arokia Raj, Superintendent of Police Vikramjeet Duggal, Deputy Commissioner of Police P Viswa Prasad, a large number of serving and retired officers apart from the policemen gathered and paid floral tributes at the memorial of Police Martyrs.