Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday paid homage to the police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty as the nation marked the National Police Commemoration Day. Singh laid a wreath at the National Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri here along with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma and other senior police and paramilitary officers.
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The National Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 to remember the martyrdom of security personnel.
“On the occasion of Police Commemoration Day today, I salute all those brave police personnel who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty,” Singh said.
The Director of the Intelligence Bureau said that 473 policemen were killed in the line of duty in various parts of the country between September 2015 and August 2016.
The day is observed in the memory of the policemen who were killed while taking on Chinese forces at a place called ‘Hot Springs’ in Ladakh in 1959 when they were guarding the Indian border.
Other paramilitary forces like CISF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB and NSG will hold events at their respective locations to mark the say.