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‘Rededicate yourselves to the force’

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Police personnel giving a gun salute during Police Martyrs' Day in Mysore on Monday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
Police personnel giving a gun salute during Police Martyrs' Day in Mysore on Monday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Police Martyrs’ Day was observed here on Monday with the dignitaries and senior police officials paying their respects to the police personnel who laid down their lives while serving the public.

Mysore City and District Police, Karnataka Police Academy and the units of the Karnataka State Reserve Police jointly observed the day.

Retired Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) Kempaiah, was chief guest. Senior police officers laid wreaths at the Police Martyrs’ Memorial near the office of Superintendent of Police as a mark of respect to the martyrs.

In his address, Mr. Kempaiah said Police Martyrs’ Day should be observed to rededicate ourselves to the force instead of observing it as a condolence meeting.

“We must pay our respects to the martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty, with great reverence,” he observed. He said police personnel must understand their responsibilities and work accordingly as the government has come forward to extend more benefits to the fraternity.

Mr. Kempaiah welcomed the decision to open a school along the lines of Sainik Schools for the children of police personnel and canteens similar to those available for the armed forces personnel.

Earlier, Police Commissioner M.A. Saleem welcomed the gathering and spoke about Police Martyrs’ Day.

Mysore Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare read out the names of all the police personnel who laid down their lives last year in the line of duty in the country.

Tribute was paid to Superintendent of Police Harikrishna, who was killed by the brigand Veerappan. Mr Kempaiah, senior police officers and retired officers were present.

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