Nagaland observes Police Commemoration Day

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police today observed the 58 Police Commemoration Day across the state with paying respect to the martyrs during separate functions held at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Koraput.

In his address, Director General of Police Anurag Sharma said the supreme sacrifices of the police should be remembered and people should be made aware of their duties.

Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 to commemorate the police personnel who were martyred in Hot Springs, Ladakh in 1959. On October 20, 1959, three reconnaissance patrols were launched in northeastern Ladakh to make way for further movement of an Indian expedition, which was on its way to Lanak La. During those days, Indian police personnel were responsible for manning the border of India. While members of the two parties returned the same day to Hot Springs, the third one including two Police Constables and a Porter did not. The remaining forces were mobilised next morning in search of the missing personnel. A party of about 20 Police personnel led by Karam Singh, DCIO proceeded ahead on horseback, while others followed on foot in three Sections.

In this incident 10 police personnel were killed while seven others were critically injured.

Since independence, 34,418 police personnel have died while on duty, the Home Ministry said in the statement.

Jain who was speaking at the Police Commemoration Day event said that 383 personnel have been killed across the country between September 2016 and August 2017.

Out of these, 383 police martyrs, nine were from Odisha. Citing the New York-based Mercer's survey which placed Hyderabad as second safest city, Reddy said Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has addressed the issues of 1,600 police personnel from DG to SI rank officers for the first time.

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