Superintendent of Police Dr A Subrahmanyeshwar Rao read out the names of 791 policemen who have lost their lives while on duty in the current year, of which 9 martyrs are from Karnataka. PSI Lakshminarasimhaih, ASI Sushimath, constables Shridhar, Basavamutthappa, Manjunath Prabhu, M B Kesaralli, M G Ramachandra, Shyamanna and P Mudukappa are the martyrs from Karnataka. After announcing the names, Subrahmanyeshwar Rao put forth a request to the authorities concerned to build a memorial in the city as a tribute to the sacrifices of martyrs.
District and Sessions Court Judge H R Deshapande in his address expressed his concern over the death of police who are the victims of any upheaval in the society. “The death of police in our nation is increasing in a rapid pace and so the cause for the increased death rate must be examined. Police play a major role in protecting the lives of people, but their life is in risk. Therefore steps must be taken to meet the requirements of police,” he said.
MRPL DGM Lekshmi Kumaran supported SP’s plea to build police martyrs memorial in the city. “Corporates and citizens must come forward to encourage the cause of building memorial in the city,” she insisted. Dignitaries representing diverse fields paid floral tribute to the martyrs on the occassion. IGP (Western Range) Alok Mohan, Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh were present.
‘Sridhar from Udupi’
Udupi District Armed Police observed ‘Police Martyrs Day’ at Chandu Maidan here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Hemalatha said that merely celebrating Martyrs’ Day will not yield in anything on the part of martyred policemen who sacrificed their lives for a noble cause. Their families should be assured with a secured livelihood along with providing them substantial emotional security for the loss. “As many as 791 policemen have laid down their lives across the country during the current year. Sridhar from Udupi district is one among them. People should try to imbibe in them the qualities of commitment and sacrifice like that of the martyred police,” she said.
Superintendent of Police Pravin Pawar read out the names of 791 martyrs on the occasion. Sridhar’s family was given with Rs 2 lakh as compensation on the occasion. The fund was collected from salaries of policemen in the district. A sum of Rs 1 lakh each was given to Sridhar’s wife and father. The occasion was marked by grand parade by the district police battalion.