New Delhi : The Union Minister for Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah has paid his tributes on ‘Police Memorial Day’ to police martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of the country. In a tweet, Amit Shah said that the “Police force is a quintessential example of courage, restraint and diligence. On ‘Police Memorial Day’, on behalf of a grateful Nation, I bow to all the brave police personnel who made the supreme sacrifice to protect the Nation’s sovereignty. The sacrifice and dedication of every policeman inspires us to serve the Nation.
The Union Ministers of State for Home, Nityanand Rai and Ajay Mishra paid their tributes to martyred police personnel at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi.
In his address, Shri Nityanand Rai said today is a heartwarming day for the police fraternity. On this day we remember the sacrifices of all those policemen who laid down their lives at the altar of duty. He said that it is a day not only for the police fraternity to pay their tributes, but also for the entire Nation to pay its tributes. The Union Minister of State for Home said that on behalf of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, the Union Cabinet and a grateful Nation, I pay homage to all the policemen who made the supreme sacrifice for the Nation. I also bow to their families who are equally deserving of respect and admiration.
Nityanand Rai said that on this day on October 21, 1959, the Chinese army killed 10 police personnel by attacking a police patrol in the Hot Spring area of Eastern Ladakh. Since the year 1960, on this day, Police Commemoration Day is celebrated across the country in memory of the supreme sacrifice of the policemen. The Union Minister of State for Home said that our brave soldiers have given a befitting reply to the expansionist actions of a neighboring country and by thwarting their efforts, have given a message that India will not compromise on its sovereignty and security in any manner Rai said that today under the leadership of Narendra Modi, India has become stronger in every way and our morale is also high. The ITBP has an important contribution in this regard. In such a situation, the entire nation is proud of those personnel of ITBP who have contributed to the security of the nation by standing shoulder to shoulder with our Armed Forces.
The Union Minister of State for Home said that whenever we faced challenges regarding internal or external security, we took strong steps and acted with success. Sometimes anti-national forces try to take advantage of these situations to create instability in the country, but based on the strength of your bravery, courage and determination, we want to assure the country that such nefarious intentions will never succeed. Shri Nityanand Rai said that today many more changes are being seen at the global level. You have played an important role not only in security related matters, but also in serious natural calamities caused by Climate Change. During various natural calamities, it is police personnel and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) who have extended the first hand of aid. We need to strengthen our capabilities to deal with such situations.
Nityanand Rai said that globally, another such calamity was the COVID-19 pandemic which engulfed the entire world. As the the Home Minister Amit Shah said last year, along with medical personnel, policemen also fought against COVID-19 and played an important role in preventing infection and protecting the lives of the common people. More than 3.5 lakh policemen fell victim to this disease and 2,458 personnel also lost their lives. As per the special instructions of the Prime Minister, this year’s parade is dedicated to the policemen who played an important role during the pandemic.