Police Commemoration Day being observed on 21 October

Highlights:

  • India has been observed on October 21 every year, the Police Commemoration Day remembers the sacrifices of ten policemen who died in Chinese firing in 1959.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attend the Police Commemoration Day Parade at the Police Memorial Ground in New Delhi.
  • Chinese troops opened fire and threw grenades at a party of 20 police personnel.
  • Ten were killed in the incident, which left seven others injured, who were later taken as prisoners. 
  • Three weeks later, China returned the bodies of the ten personnel which were later cremated with full police honours at Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh.
  • Police personnel had been responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.
  • A memorial was erected at Hot Springs and members of Police Forces from different parts of the country trek to Hot Springs to pay homage to the martyrs.
  • Since the year 2012, the Police Commemoration Day Parade is being held at the National level at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri.
  • Since independence, 34,418 police personnel have lost their lives while protecting the country.
  • In the past one year, from September 2016 to August 2017, 383 police personnel had died.