Mangaluru: The Mangaluru Police Commissionerate and Dakshina Kannada Police observed Police Commemoration/Police Martyrs Day 2020 at the DK Police Commissionerate Premises, on Wednesday, October 21, at 8 AM.
Top police personnel were present on the occasion to review the parade and pay tributes to martyrs, even though several Cabinet Ministers, MPS, MLAs, and MLCs from the district were absent. Several law enforcement personnel, including home guards, fire dept personnel, and others were also present.
Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 to pay tribute to police personnel who have laid down their lives to ensure the safety of others.
On the occasion, tributes were paid to 264 brave policemen who lost their lives from 2019 to 2020 in the line of duty across India. Sources say that a total of 34,844 personnel from the central and state police forces have sacrificed their lives since 1947.
The dignitaries present paid tribute at the Police Memorial Monument by placing a floral wreath and lowering the police flag. Two minutes of mourning period was also observed as a mark of respect for the fallen servicemen. Shobha Chandrahas, wife of ASI Chandrahas of Mangaluru South Police station, who recently died in an accident, also offered a floral tribute to the monument on behalf of her husband.
Addressing the gathering, Western Range IGP Devajyothi Ray said, "Today marks the day that Chinese forces ambushed a team of policemen patrolling in Ladakh in 1959. The policemen were only armed with rifles. Ten policemen were killed and nine were captured by the Chinese troops. Since then, October 21 has been marked to remember the sacrifices made by the men in khaki. Today also marks the sacrifice of 264 policemen who died while on duty, protecting the citizens of India. Since 1959, the police department has been observing the Police Commemoration Day by paying tributes to the brave comrades who sacrificed their lives for others. We must also appreciate the police for their role during the pandemic while risking their lives. While it is good news that the DK police force didn't have any fatalities in 2019-20, sadly, 264 lives were lost across India. My humble request to the policemen is to not be depressed due to the hectic work. Police personnel should be physically and mentally fit. Lack of mental fitness is driving some policemen to suicide. Don't to take extreme steps like suicide as it is not the solution."
He then commended the policemen for their hard work, dedication, and commitment, especially during the pandemic.
Superintendent of Police Laxmi Prasad read the names of the 264 policemen who lost their lives over the past year and Bantwal Traffic Police Viveka compered the programme. He was assisted by Mangaluru City Police Inspector Guruduth Kamath.
The 7th KSRP Battalion Band played a few soothing songs led by Band leaders- Prakash and Ganesh, and Band Stick Major Narayan Gowda, all of whom belong to the District Armed Reserve Police.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner Vikash Kumar Vikash, Mangaluru City DCP Law and Order Arunamshugiri, DCP-CAR Mangaluru City Chenna Bassappa Hosamani, DCP Crime & Traffic Mluru City Vinay A Gaonkar, Coast Guard Commander-DIG Venkatesh Sundaram Babu; Commandant KSRP 7th Battalion B M Prasad, SP-DCRE Mangaluru-J Kumaraswamy, Commandant of Home Guard DK District Dr Murali Mohan Chuntharu, District Fire Officer- Mohammed Zulfikhar Nawaz, ACP/DYSP- Jagadeesh M, Doctor of Police Inspection Room-Police Lane, Mangaluru- Dr Deepak Bolar, Assistant Administrative officer DPO/COP- Radhakrishna Poojary, and others were present.
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