Bhubaneswar, Oct 21:
Paying respect to policemen killed in the line of duty, the Commissionerate Police (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) observed the 54th Police Commemoration Day at Reserve Police ground here on Monday. Top officials of the Commissionerate were present at the ceremony.
The day is observed in honour of 11 CRPF jawans, who died in the India-China war in 1962.
Additional Police Commissioner Dr Santosh Bala, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, said that October 21 is observed as Police Martyr’s Day to commemorate and pay tributes to those dedicated brave souls who laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
Recollecting the history, Dr Bala said, “We commemorate the day for those brave jawans who gave life to guarantee our security.” Unfortunately six brave jawans lost their lives in Odisha this year, but this number is less than previous year and steps need to be taken to decrease this number, she added.
The names of the deceased police personnel were read out by the police officials during the commemoration day parade. More than 500 police personnel were killed all over the country while on duty during 2012-13, police sources said.
Among others, retired senior police officials, Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Nitinjeet Singh, ACPs and IICs of the Commissionerate Police were present.