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

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Written by Navjeevan Gopal
| Chandigarh |

Updated: 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 laptop engineering to donning the khaki uniform as an officer of the Punjab Police, the shifting of gears and the selection of career got here hastily and at a heavy price for Maninder Singh. While the then 24-year-old was planning a future within the company phrase, the destiny had another plans.
“I was in the last semester of my course in 2015, when I was offered the (police) job after my father, SP Baljit Singh, was killed during a terrorist attack perpetrated from Pakistani soil when Dinanagar police station came under attack that year,” says Maninder.
Currently posted as DSP (D) Pathankot, Maninder joined the Punjab Police the subsequent 12 months, turning into fourth from his household to hitch the state police pressure.
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 may retire from the police pressure. “They all made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. My grandfather, Sub-Inspector Ashar Singh, was gunned down in Moga’s Dharamkot. My father Baljit Singh was inducted in the force after his father’s death in 1986 and rose to the rank of SP before making the supreme sacrifice the Dinanagar terrorist attack,” 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 pressure on Police Commemoration Day, Maninder stated that such an occasion must be held twice a 12 months as “families of many martyrs are very poor and need to be visited (by the serving officials).”
Maninder is just not the one one to have joined the Punjab Police after shedding father in line of responsibility.
Assistant Inspector General Harbir Singh was seven years previous when his father, then Jalandhar Range Deputy Inspector General 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 army 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 dead when he was emerging out of darshani deori at Golden temple. At that time, it was said that there was an opportunity to nab Bhindranwale. But, 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 is at the moment posted as AIG (Election Cell and Industrial Security, Mohali).
As Punjab Police marked the 61st Police Commemoration Day Wednesday, Harbir stated, “I take it as a matter of pride that our martyrs are being honoured and remembered in this way. It is very very commendable. This is an organisation, which treats me as part of family.”
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 Home 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 responsibility 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, stated, “I am proud of the martyrdom of my father. He died fighting bravely. In an era when everyone is busy, the Commemoration Day is a platform to reach out to families of martyrs to extend every kind of help.”
Ajinder was inducted in Punjab Police as inspector in 2002.
Harsimrat Singh was an toddler, all of 20 months previous, 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 discrimination. Whether it is armyman or a policeman, it is a common platform to honour the martyrdom,” stated Harsimrat, at the moment serving as ACP Jalandhar City.
At a operate at PAP Complex, 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 responsibility.
Reiterating that “peace and communal harmony has to be maintained in the border state of Punjab”, the DGP recalled “the stellar role of the Punjab Police in preserving the hard-earned peace of the state, besides protecting and safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country.”
“It is a matter of great pride for the Punjab Police that over 2000 Police officers/officials of the State Police had sacrificed their lives in line of duty to protect the unity and integrity of the country,” he stated including, “the supreme sacrifice of these martyrs would always continue to inspire the younger generation of police officers towards their duty of protecting their motherland.”
“On Police Commemoration Day, I join my colleagues in the Punjab Police in paying tributes to the thousands of gallant martyrs who have sacrificed their blood, toil, tears and sweat to keep the country and nation together. We are proud of them, we salute them and bow our head before their noble and brave deeds and sacrifices. On this day, we once again renew our pledge to protect and serve the people of our great country with all that we have,” stated Gupta.
The Police Commemoration Day traces its historical past again to October 21, 1959 when Chinese forces ambushed a CRPF patrol celebration in Ladakh space and killed 10 jawans. During a gathering of the Inspectors General 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.
During the week-long occasions organized all through the state, senior law enforcement officials of all districts visited the households of greater than 1500 such personnel who died in line of responsibility to investigate about their effectively being and likewise offered token items to them as a mark of respect and recognition. Other 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 quick motivational video clips on social media handles of the police; dispalying pictures of martyrs at distinguished places; and getting revealed tales and articles relating to the heroic tales of martyrs. SSP Patiala, alongwith 25 different law enforcement officials, 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 moreover 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 stated that the state pressure had, whereas working carefully with civil society organizations, served about 12 crore individuals with dry ration and langar throughout the curfew interval.
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