Police Commemoration Day observed in Odisha

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Police personnel had been responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.

Odisha DGP Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma today paid rich tributes to the policemen who were martyred while performing their duties between September 2016 and August this year.

At the Police headquarters in Cuttack, a two-minute prayer was held as a mark of respect to the departed souls. All available personnel were mobilized early next morning in search of the missing personnel. Chinese troops opened fire and threw grenades at a party of 20 police personnel.

Seventy-six police personnel were from Uttar Pradesh Police, 49 from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 23 from Chhattisgarh, 16 from West Bengal, 13 each from Delhi and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), 12 each from Bihar and Karnataka and 11 from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The seven injured were taken prisoners by the Chinese while the remaining managed to escape.

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"We remember those officers who lay their lives for the country on this day every year", Khurania stated.

While members of two parties returned to Hot Springs, the third one comprising two police constables and a porter did not return, the statement said.

DGP Sandeep Goel along with top ranking police officers, paid floral tributes to the 383 policemen who, sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country, by placing wreaths at the memorial at Bandardewa, about 30 km from Itanagar.

Since Independence, 34,418 police personnel have sacrificed their lives for safeguarding the integrity and people of the country.

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