Pics: Police Commemoration Day being observed

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New Delhi, Oct 21: Every year on October 21, rich tributes are paid to the policemen who sacrifice their lives while discharging their duties. The day is observed as the National Police Commemoration Day, in their remembrance.

The history behind the observance of this day on October 21 is said to be that in 1959, on the same day, twenty Indian soldiers were attacked by the Chinese troops in Ladakh, during which ten were killed and seven were imprisoned and others managed to escape.

The dead bodies of the martyred policemen were handed over to India by the Chines troops on November 28, 1959 and then, their cremation was held with full Police honours at the Hot springs in Ladakh.

In the national capital Delhi, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde paid tributes to martyred police personnel on this solemn occasion at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri.

Several ministers, cabinet secretary, home secretary and senior police officers were reportedly present on the occasion.

Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 every year to mark the martyrdom of policemen killed in Ladakh in 1959 and to pay tribute to all other police personnel killed on duty during the year.

In Ahmedabad, Senior state police officials will observe Police Commemoration Day on Monday in a ceremony at city police headquarters in Shahibaug.

As many as 576 police personnel were killed during discharge of their duties in the country in the last one year.

In Bhopal

Family members paying tribute to police martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day in Bhopal on Monday.

In Bhopal

Emotionally overwhelmed family members paying tribute to a police martyr on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day in Bhopal on Monday.

In Jammu

Family members paying tributes to police martyrs during Police Commemoration day in Jammu on Monday.

In Jalandhar

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini paying homage to martyrs during the Police Commemoration Day at PAP headquarters in Jalandhar on Monday.

In Jalandhar

Family members paying tributes to slain police personnel during Police Commemoration day in Jalandhar on Monday.

In Srinagar

Women police personnel during the Annual Police Commemoration Day ceremony at police headquarters at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.

In Mumbai

Police personnel pay homage to martyrs during the Martyrs Day function in Mumbai on Monday.

In Zewan

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visits a blood donation camp organized by Kashmir Police during the Annual Police Commemoration Day ceremony at police headquarters at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.

In Srinagar

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah along with Director General of J&K Police Ashok Prasad (L) salutes march past parade on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, at Armed Police Complex at Zewan near Srinagar on Monday.

In Zewan

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pays a floral tribute during the Annual Police Commemoration Day ceremony at Police Headquarters at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.

In Zewan

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah talking with media at the Annual Police Commemoration Day ceremony at police headquarters at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.

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