Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, Oct 19 (UNI) As many as 101 policemen were killed in naxal violence since it reached the peak with the killing of a sub-inspector N Yadagiri Reddy at Kazipet railway station in 1985 in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.
Fifty four police and six home guards belonging to the district and 47 belonging to APSP, CRPF and BSF laid down their lives trying to maintain peace.
On the eve of 'Police Martyrs Commemoration week' here, organised by the district police, hundreds of people, particularly the police families gathered to recall the sacrifice made by their kith and kin.
Speaking on the occasion, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ms Soumya Mishra said 'when we are happy, we should remember that several policemen sacrificed their lives to make us all happy. We should recall their sacrifices and pledge to follow their footsteps.
As part of the programme, the district police conducted blood donation camps at several police stations and Open House programme to create awareness among the children about policemen and their duties for school children.
A massive rally would be taken out on the concluding day on October 21 involving various sections of the society, NGOs, NCC, NSS and Peace Committees.