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Remembering bravehearts

The Police Commemoration Day, which is observed by the police forces across the country every year on October 21, is an occasion for people to remember the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to make every citizen feel safe and secure.

The tradition began in 1960 to salute the martyrdom of 10 members of a small patrolling party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who laid down their lives in an attack by the Chinese at Hot Springs, near Aksai Chin on October 21, 1959.

The CRPF, originally constituted as the Crown Representative Police in 1939, is one of the oldest Central para-military forces. During the early 1950s, the performance of the CRPF detachments in Bhuj, the then Patiala and East Punjab Union (PEPSU) and Chambal ravines, was appreciated by all quarters. The force played a significant role during the amalgamation of the princely States into the Indian Union. It helped the Union Government in disciplining the rebellious princely States of Junagarh and the small principality of Kathiawar in Gujarat, which had declined to join the Indian Union.

Soon after Independence, contingents of the CRPF were sent to Kutch, Rajasthan and Sindh borders to check infiltration and trans-border crimes. They were, subsequently, deployed on the Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir following attacks launched by the Pakistani infiltrators.

Tradition

Though the tradition of observing a commemoration day began with the CRPF, it is now prevalent in every police and para-military force. They forces treat it as an opportunity to remember the personnel who laid down their lives while on duty all over the country during the one year preceding the day.

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