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Homage: A retired police officer paying tributes at the Police Memorial in Dharwad on Wednesday.
Homage: A retired police officer paying tributes at the Police Memorial in Dharwad on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Tributes paid to personnel who died in the line of duty

DHARWAD: Police personnel who had laid down their lives in the line of duty were remembered in Hubli and Dharwad on Wednesday.

Speaking at a programme to mark the Police Commemoration Day in Dharwad, Chief Conservator of Forests Vijaykimar Gogi called upon the public to join hands with the police in maintaining peace in society.

Unless there was peace in society, the nation’s progress was not possible. The police had a major role in maintaining peace in society, he said.

Welcoming the gathering, Superintendent of Police D. Prakash read out the names of 846 police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty between September 2008 and August 2009.

Speaking at a programme to mark the occasion at the CAR Ground in Hubli, Hubli Dharwad Municipal Commissioner P.S. Vastrad lauded the services of police personnel and elaborated on their role in ensuring internal security. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chandiram Singh read out the names of the police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty across the country in the last one year.

Deputy commissioners of police M.N. Joglekar (CAR) and Batagurki (Crime and Traffic), and several retired police personnel took part in the programme.

The guests, police officers and retired police personnel placed wreaths at the Police Memorial to pay tributes to personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty. Three rounds were fired in the air as a mark of respect to the police personnel.

‘Tremendous pressure’

Staff Correspondent from Belgaum writes:

The police force in the country is functioning under tremendous pressure owing to shortage of personnel, C.M. Shirol, Regional Commissioner of Belgaum division, has said. Paying rich tributes to police personnel who had laid down their lives in the line of duty, on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day here on Wednesday, he said that as against international ratio of one policeman for every 150 people, India had one policeman for a population of 1,000.

Yet, police personnel were playing an important role in maintaining law and order, and communal harmony in the country.

Police personnel were also playing an important role during elections by helping the administration in the conduct of free and fair polling, he said.

Superintendent of Police Sonia Narang read out the names of police personnel who had laid down their lives in the line of duty across the country in the last one year.

Susheela C. Kamble, wife of police constable C.S. Kamble who was killed while trying to stop a murder accused from escaping from police custody a few months ago, was honoured on the occasion.

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