Philatelic tribute paid to police

NEW DELHI, JAN. 31.``Philatelic Tribute to Police of India and the Sub-Continent'', a book brought out by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), was released by the Union Home Secretary, Kamal Pande, here today.

Mr. Pande noted that the organised structure of Police in India could be traced to almost the same period in the 19th Century when postage stamps came into use and circulation. ``It is surprising that no one thought of making a specific study of the stamps issued on police in India,'' he said while commending the effort of the BPR&D.

The BPR&D chief, V.N.Singh, said the 121-page book also examined issues relating to police from the neighbouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar and Pakistan. The book also contains values of stamps for prosecution like how knowledge of stamps helped in criminal investigation. It has been put together by S. Kitson, a former IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, who was a member of the Philatelic Advisory Committee. He is at present working on a dissertation on policeman in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse.

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