India celebrates Police Commemoration Day each year to remember the police personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while discharging their duties in the Chinese firing in 1959.
At about mid-day on October 21, 1959, Chinese troops opened fired from a hillock at Indian soldiers led by Karam Singh in Ladakh and hurled grenades at them. Ten police officials lost their lives and attained martyrdom due to lack of cover, while seven sustained injuries.
On November 13, 1959, a full-three weeks later, Chinese troops handed over their bodies to India and they were cremated with full police honours at the Hot springs in North Eastern Ladakh.
It was then decided at the Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January 1960 that October 21 would henceforth be observed as Police Commemoration Day.
National Police Memorial, Delhi
A National Police Memorial has been created at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi to honour the sacrifices made by countless policemen in performance of their duty. The Memorial gives police forces of the country, a sense of national identity, pride, common history and destiny.
‘The Wall of Valour’, a 30 feet tall granite sculpture is also erect at the police memorial with the names of over 35,000 martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
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