Madurai

Police Commemoration Day observed

Police presenting a ceremonial gun salute to martyred police personnel in Ramanathapuram on Monday.   | Photo Credit: L_Balachandar

Ramanathapuram/Sivaganga

Collectors and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Ramanathapuram range) led police personnel in the two districts in paying homage to 292 police personnel who had laid down their lives while on duty during 2018-19 on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day on Monday.

After the commemoration parade in Ramanathapuram, Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao and DIG Rupesh Kumar Meena paid their homage by placing wreaths at the Martyrs’ column in the Armed Reserve (AR) police grounds followed by Superintendent of Police Omprakash Meena, Station Commander, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Mandapam Station, Commandant M Venkatesan and Executive Officer/Base Commander, INS Parundu, Indian Naval Air Station, Shinoth Karthikeyan.

Sub-Division Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Magendran led the police in paying homage at Kamudhi Special Force (KSF) at Kamudhi. The solemn occasion drew to a close with gun salute by the police, led by AR Inspector of Police Mohankumar.

Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Omprakash said a total of 292 policemen, women and officers had laid down their lives, leaving behind their grieving families in order to secure and ensure the twin goals of peace and freedom.

Quoting the famous poetic line “for your tomorrow, we gave our today,” he said this line depicted the essence of spirit of sacrifice embedded in any uniformed force.

In Sivaganga, Collector J. Jayakanthan and Superintendent of Police R. Rohit Nathan led the police in paying homage by placing wreaths at the Martyrs’ column at the AR grounds. Chief Judicial Magistrate A.K. Babulal, DSPs, revenue officials and heads of schools and colleges joined police and paid homage.

Family members of the martyrs from the districts were honoured. SPs of the two districts distributed prizes to school students who secured top places in poetry and essay competitions on topics such as the services of police, police-pubic relations and sacrifice made by police personnel.

Officers and men at the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Recruit Training Centre at Amaravathiputhur near Karaikudi paid homage to the martyrs and observed two-minute silence in memory of the departed souls.

Commemoration Day traces back to October 21, 1959, when a patrol party of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was ambushed by Chinese forces at hot sprints, 16,000 ft altitude, killing 10 Jawans.

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