21 October 2019
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The 60th Police Commemoration Day was observed in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Monday.
The event was organized at Reserve Police Line in Bhubaneswar and at Odisha Police State Headquarters in Cuttack. Commissionerate of Police Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi was the chief guest at Bhubaneswar’s event while Director General of Police (DGP) In-Charge Bijay Kumar Sharma oversaw the Cuttack’s parade.
The cops paid homage to the police officers who laid down their lives in the line of duty. A two-minute silence was also observed for the police officers of the State who were martyred this year. The cops paid floral tributes and gun salute to the martyrs during the event. The police band also paid tributes.
CP Sarangi began with reading out the honourable Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Both of them opined that the State Police is very proudly known for being loyal to their duties and that they are a source of inspiration and motivation for the entire state.
He said, “On Saheed Diwas, I would like to pay homage to the brave officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. On this occasion I request everyone to regard the security officials and the defence personnel which they rightly deserve.”
Incorporating his words to the much famous quote of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kishan’, the CP said, “We also need to say Jai Police.”
After paying homage to the martyrs, DGP Sharma expressed grievances and condolences to the family members of the deceased. Homage was paid to two Police officers of Odisha Police who lost their lives in line of duty. He said, “Jobs have been offered to the family of the deceased as part of rehabilitation. I have vowed to smooth things out for them in future.”
Notably on October 21 in 1959, as many as ten Central Reserve Police Force personnel had been martyred in crossfire with China at Ladakh. Since then, the Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on the same day as a mark of remembrance.