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Police Commemoration Day: In remembering the slain, stories of loss, bravery — and belonging

Written by Navjeevan Gopal
| Chandigarh |

Up to date: October 22, 2020 10:00:45 am

An officer pay tributes to the slain personnel on Police Commemoration Day, in Ludhiana, Wednesday. Gurmeet Singh

From pursuing pc engineering to donning the khaki uniform as an officer of the Punjab Police, the shifting of gears and the selection of career got here rapidly and at a heavy value for Maninder Singh. Whereas the then 24-year-old was planning a future within the company phrase, the destiny had another plans.

“I used to be within the final semester of my course in 2015, once I was provided the (police) job after my father, SP Baljit Singh, was killed throughout a terrorist assault perpetrated from Pakistani soil when Dinanagar police station got here below assault that 12 months,” says Maninder.

At present posted as DSP (D) Pathankot, Maninder joined the Punjab Police the subsequent 12 months, changing into fourth from his household to hitch the state police drive.

There’s no remorse in his voice as he informs, with a sure pleasure, that not one of the different three members of the family might retire from the police drive. “All of them made the supreme sacrifice within the line of obligation. My grandfather, Sub-Inspector Ashar Singh, was gunned down in Moga’s Dharamkot. My father Baljit Singh was inducted within the drive after his father’s demise in 1986 and rose to the rank of SP earlier than making the supreme sacrifice the Dinanagar terrorist assault,” says Maninder.

His uncle Manpreet Singh, a constable with Punjab Police, was killed in a terrorist assault in Tarn Taran district.

As he paid tributes to the fallen members of his household in addition to the opposite from the drive on Police Commemoration Day, Maninder mentioned that such an occasion needs to be held twice a 12 months as “households of many martyrs are very poor and must be visited (by the serving officers).”

Maninder isn’t the one one to have joined the Punjab Police after shedding father in line of obligation.

Assistant Inspector Common Harbir Singh was seven years outdated when his father, then Jalandhar Vary Deputy Inspector Common A S Atwal, was gunned down by Khalistani extremists in April 1983.

Former Punjab DGP (Prisons) MPS Aulakh, who had a stint with Intelligence Bureau in Amritsar from 1982 to 1985, remembers how a navy intelligence officer had come to Punjab to rearrange a gathering of Atwal with Khalistani separatists Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Harchand Singh Longowal. “Atwal was shot lifeless when he was rising out of darshani deori at Golden temple. At the moment, it was mentioned that there was a chance to nab Bhindranwale. However, there was no clearance from Centre,” says Aulakh.

Atwal’s son Harbir was inducted in Punjab Police as inspector in 2002 earlier than graduating to Superintendent of Police (SP/AIG) rank. He’s at present posted as AIG (Election Cell and Industrial Safety, Mohali).

As Punjab Police marked the 61st Police Commemoration Day Wednesday, Harbir mentioned, “I take it as a matter of pleasure that our martyrs are being honoured and remembered on this approach. It is extremely very commendable. That is an organisation, which treats me as a part of household.”

On Wednesday, Punjab Police paid tributes to its two DIGs, three Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), 12 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), 32 Inspectors, 61 Sub-Inspectors, 112 Assistant Sub Inspectors, 269 head constables, 817 constables, 297 Dwelling Guard jawans and 180 SPOs who made supreme sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the nation. The day is marked by ‘Shok Parades’ in all districts of the nation. Most of those males died in line of obligation throughout darkish days of terrorism in Punjab.

Ropar SP Ajinder Singh who misplaced his father, then DIG Ajit Singh, in 1991 in an encounter with terrorists, mentioned, “I’m happy with the martyrdom of my father. He died preventing bravely. In an period when everyone seems to be busy, the Commemoration Day is a platform to achieve out to households of martyrs to increase each sort of assist.”

Ajinder was inducted in Punjab Police as inspector in 2002.

Harsimrat Singh was an toddler, all of 20 months outdated, when his father Avtar Singh Chhetra, then SP (Operations) Tarn Taran, was gunned down by militants in June 1989. Harsimart was inducted in Punjab Police in 2009 after he accomplished his commencement. “I hail the Commemoration Day as there is no such thing as a discrimination. Whether or not it’s armyman or a policeman, it’s a frequent platform to honour the martyrdom,” mentioned Harsimrat, at present serving as ACP Jalandhar Metropolis.

At a perform at PAP Complicated, Jalandhar, DGP Dinkar Gupta joined the senior state police official to pay tributes to all such officers who made the supreme sacrifice in line of obligation.

Reiterating that “peace and communal concord needs to be maintained within the border state of Punjab”, the DGP recalled “the stellar position of the Punjab Police in preserving the hard-earned peace of the state, apart from defending and safeguarding the unity and integrity of the nation.”

“It’s a matter of nice pleasure for the Punjab Police that over 2000 Law enforcement officials/officers of the State Police had sacrificed their lives in line of obligation to guard the unity and integrity of the nation,” he mentioned including, “the supreme sacrifice of those martyrs would at all times proceed to encourage the youthful era of cops in direction of their obligation of defending their motherland.”

“On Police Commemoration Day, I be a part of my colleagues within the Punjab Police in paying tributes to the hundreds of gallant martyrs who’ve sacrificed their blood, toil, tears and sweat to maintain the nation and nation collectively. We’re happy with them, we salute them and bow our head earlier than their noble and courageous deeds and sacrifices. On this present day, we as soon as once more renew our pledge to guard and serve the folks of our nice nation with all that we now have,” mentioned Gupta.

The Police Commemoration Day traces its historical past again to October 21, 1959 when Chinese language forces ambushed a CRPF patrol celebration in Ladakh space and killed 10 jawans. Throughout a gathering of the Inspectors Common of Police, then the very best rank in a state police, it was determined to watch the day as Police Commemoration Day from subsequent 12 months.

Throughout the week-long occasions organized all through the state, senior cops of all districts visited the households of greater than 1500 such personnel who died in line of obligation to investigate about their effectively being and likewise offered token presents to them as a mark of respect and recognition. Different actions included organizing band shows devoted to police martyrs at distinguished public locations; candle marches; debates, essay, and quiz competitions in faculties; mini marathons / walkathons and cycle rallies; tree plantation drives; importing brief motivational video clips on social media handles of the police; dispalying pictures of martyrs at distinguished areas; and getting printed tales and articles relating to the heroic tales of martyrs. SSP Patiala, alongwith 25 different cops, donated plasma within the reminiscence of the slain cops.

The DGP additionally lauded the bravery of Patiala ASI Harjit Singh whose hand was chopped off by Nihangs whereas implementing lockdown apart from the sacrifices of constables Jagmohan Singh and Gurmeet Singh, who laid their lives whereas discharging their duties over the past 12 months.

Expressing his satisfaction over the humanitarian steps undertaken by the Punjab Police for the welfare of residents, particularly throughout curfew and lockdown within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the DGP mentioned that the state drive had, whereas working intently with civil society organizations, served about 12 crore folks with dry ration and langar through the curfew interval.

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