Mysore, Oct. 21 (RK&KMC)- The solemn ceremony of Police Martyrs' Commemoration Day was observed by the Mysore Police (District and City wings) by laying wreaths at the Police Martyrs' Memorial near SP Office Circle in City this morning.

Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta, special invitee for the ceremony, was the first to pay floral tributes to the martyrs.

IGP (Southern Range) A.S.N. Murthy, Superintendent of Police Rama Subba, City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, Karnataka Police Academy Director Amar Kumar Pandey, KSRP Commandant Krishnappa, SP (Intelligence wing) Jawahar Lal, Karnataka Armed Reserve Police (Mounted Company) Commandant S.G. Mariba Shetty, Lokayukta SP S.E. D'Souza, District Home Guards Commandant Dr. S.G. Chandrashekhar, Regional Fire Officer C. Gurulin-gaiah and others were present.

After the laying of wreaths, the National Anthem was played and 3-Volley Salute, fired by a platoon of 21 Policemen from their service rifles, was presented in honour of those who made the supreme sacrifice.

It was announced on the occasion that a total of 792 Policemen had laid down their lives while on duty in the past one year in India, of which 9 were from Karnataka and fortunately, none from Mysore.

Harsha Gupta, speaking on the occasion, said that Shradh-anjali was being offered to those men in uniform who were committed to their duty and made the supreme sacrifice.

"People have a lot of expectations from the Police and hence, they have immense responsibility on their shoulders," he said and called upon the Police to live up to the people's expectations.

Wreaths were also laid at the Police Martyrs' Memorial by DySP Krishnamurthy on behalf of District Police, Inspector Nanjunda on behalf of Police Inspectors, PSI R. Narasimha Murthy on behalf of Sub-Inspectors, DySP Dharani Devi Malagatti on behalf of KSRP Investigation Wing, Head Constable Kumaraswamy, Constables N. Prakash and A.P. Manjunath, retired Police officers B.P. Appanna and G.H. Basavaraju, Srinivas Gandhi, special officer, Deputy Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Dr. Ramesh, journalist M.T. Jayaram and photographer Basavaraju.

About Police Memorial

On Oct. 21, 1959, at the Kongka Pass in Ladakh, Chinese guards killed nine Police personnel of the KSRP who were patrolling along the Indian border and took seven prisoners.

But the KSRP personnel, led by DySP Karan Singh, breathed their last only after shooting down 10 Chinese guards and injuring nine. Entire India was grief-stricken by the incident. Later, a Memorial was erected in their honour at the same spot, which is at 16,000 MSL.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore