Police Commemoration Day 2017: Twitterati Salutes Policemen Martyred In Chinese Army’s Firing

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Police Commemoration Day 2017: Twitterati Salutes Policemen Martyred In Chinese Army’s Firing

The Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21st every year to commemorate the sacrifice of ten policemen while died defending the borders with China in 1959.

The Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21st every year to commemorate the sacrifice of ten policemen while died defending the borders with China in 1959. The policemen died in firing by the Chinese Army after they went missing on October 20, 1959. Following the incident, in January 1960, Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held decided to observe October 21 ‘Commemoration Day’ in all Police Lines throughout India. The day marks the memory of the personnel who died in the firing in Ladakh and all other Police personnel killed on duty during the year. Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh attended the Police Commemoration Day Parade at the Police Memorial Ground in New Delhi. He also laid a wreath and paid homage at the Police Memorial.

Indian Police personnel was responsible for fortifying the 2,500-mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959. On October 20, 1959, three reconnaissance parties were launched from Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh for further movement of an Indian expedition to Lanak La. 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. As the men had not returned, available personnel set out 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.

Meanwhile, Twitter is pouring in with tweets praising the courage and valor of policemen. Here are some of the tweets:

At about midday, Chinese Army personnel opened fire and threw grenades at the party led by Singh from a hillock.

With no cover, most personnel were left injured while ten of them succumbed to injuries and seven others sustained injuries.

The Chinese army took seven injured as prisoners while the rest managed to escape.

The Chinese returned bodies of ten personnel on November 13, 1959, three weeks after the incident. Their bodies were cremated at Hot Springs with full Police honors.

A memorial was also erected at Hot Springs and members of Police Forces from different parts of the country pay homage to the martyrs there. Since the year 2012, the Police Commemoration Day Parade is being held at the National level at the Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Since independence, 34,418 police personnel have lost their lives in various incidents while safeguarding the country. From September 2016 to August 2017, 383 police personnel had died.