Vijayawada

Remembering the martyrs

The history of Commemoration Day traces back to 21 October 1959, when a patrol party of CRPF, led by SI Karan Singh, was ambushed by the Chinese forces at Hot Springs Ladakh and 10 jawans were killed. The Chinese troops imprisoned seven jawans also. Twenty Indian soldiers were attacked in that ambush.

The dead bodies of the martyred policemen were handed over to India by the Chinese troops on November 28, 1959 and then, their cremation was held with full Police honours at the Hot springs in Ladakh.

The bravery and resultant sacrifice of jawans fighting at 16,000 ft. altitude, in extremely cold conditions and against all odds, is an epitome of the rarest of the rare courage.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police sends a representative party of all police forces, of the country, to Hot Springs, Ladakh every year to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives on 21st October 1959 while guarding national frontiers.

The day is observed as the National Police Commemoration Day, in their remembrance and rich tributes are paid to the policemen who sacrifice their lives while discharging their duties.

City police is organising an exhibition at City Armed Reserve Grounds as part of the week long celebrations. The police have displayed arms, bomb disposal squad, finger printing techniques, wireless sets, dog squads, traffic regulation and other police related activities at the exhibition.

The police explained about the weapons used by them, their names, use of wireless sets and their operation, police dogs duties etc to the visitors. In view of response to the exhibition, city police commissioner extended the exhibition for two days. The exhibition was on till Monday.

The police imposed traffic restrictions in the city on Tuesday in view of police commemoration day celebrations from 6 a.m. 12 noon.




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