Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari, on Monday, led others in paying rich tributes to the policemen who had laid down lives while on duty and lauded the peerless service rendered by the police force in maintaining law and order in society, to commemorate the Police Martyrs Day. Guests laid wreaths at the police memorial to pay their respects.

He was addressing policemen and a gathering at the District Parade grounds in Madikeri. Remembering police once a year would not suffice but their contribution to the society was immense and incomparable, Mr. Tewari said.

People should salute them every day for the kind of service they rendered to guard peace in society and safeguard life and property, he said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat K.B. Anjanappa, who laid the wreath first at the memorial, spoke on the occasion and stated that police were an integral part of the society and their contribution should be supported at every level, especially in the view of increased incidents involving terrorists, naxals, and other anti-social elements in the country. Superintendent of Police M.N. Anucheth, read the names of all 576 police officers and personnel who had become martyrs while serving the nation across the country during 2012-13, before laying a wreath at the memorial.

Circle Inspector of Police, District Armed Reserve, Jayakrishna, commanded the parade. Others who placed the wreath at the memorial included, Lt. Gen. B.C. Nanda (retd.), Air Marshal K.C. Cariappa (retd.), former Superintendent of Police M.A. Appaiah, Commandant of the Home Guards Maj. O.S. Chingappa (retd.), and Deputy Superintendent of Police Prasanna V. Raju.