While India was gripped with a deadly pandemic and we were holed up inside the safety of our homes, police personnel were out on the roads ensuing that we remained safe. Today we commemorate their selfless sacrifice.
Description: While India was gripped with a deadly pandemic and we were holed up inside the safety of our homes, police personnel were out on the roads ensuing that we remained safe. Today we commemorate their selfless sacrifice.
Police Commemoration Day is observed on 21 October every year in India. Since 2012, the Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri, Delhi, hosts a parade in remembrance of those police personnel, who lost their lives in the line of duty.
On this day in 1959, ten police personnel were martyred while protecting the Indo-China Border in Ladakh. The Chinese troops had suddenly opened fire and lobbed grenades on the Indian police party. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was responsible for protecting the two-and-a-half thousand mile-long border along India and Tibet.
On 20 October, a day before the incident, three police troops were sent for patrolling at Hot Springs, a place in Ladakh. By the night, only two of the troops managed to reach back. The next morning, on 21 October, Deputy Central Intelligence Officer (DCIO) Karam Singh divided 20 policemen into three teams and they left to find the lost troop. There were two constables and a porter in the last-lost contingent. On the same day, as soon as the twenty policemen reached the hill, the Chinese contingent attacked 20 Indian policemen with arms and ammunition and also threw grenades without any notice. During the attack, some policemen managed to escape while seven bore serious injuries. Besides that, 10 policemen of the CRPF got martyred.
Later in November of the same year, Chinese troops had returned the bodies of the Indian martyrs. The bodies were cremated with state protocol in order to honor their sacrifice. The cremation happened at the Hot Springs in Ladakh, where our heroes sacrificed their lives.