PM Inaugurates National Police Memorial On Police Commemoration Day

| October 21 , 2018 , 11:00 IST

Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on 21st of October to honour the CRPF personnel who sacrificed their lives defending Hot Springs area of Ladakh from Chinese invasion in 1959.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Police Memorial in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area, dedicated to the sacrifices of the police of our country.

Modi also honoured surviving veterans of the Hot Springs incident and said that the commitment of the police to the nation has ensured peace and protected the country’s integrity ever since.

He also saluted the role of the police in Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-affected areas in the country.

The Prime Minister got emotional in between his speech while recalling the sacrifices made by the martyred policemen said,  “It is the result of your alertness that the elements which create unrest are unsuccessful in their attempts. The attempts to create fear and insecurity in the nation were foiled by you. The peace prevalent in the nation is possible only due to your services.”

Senior BJP leader LK Advani and Rajnath Singh were also present at the event.

The Wall of Valour which has the names of all 34,844 policemen who have been martyred since independence, a 30-feet-tall and 238-tonne heavy black granite central sculpture honouring the slain troopers and a museum were unveiled during the event that is dedicated to the martyrs. Between September 2017 and October this year, a total of 414 personnel have died in the line of duty.

The underground museum depicts the history of central and state police forces and has on display artefacts, uniforms and gear of police personnel.