Delhi Police on Sunday organised Commemoration Day Parade in remembrance of police and para-military personnel who were killed in serving their respective forces between September 2011 to August 31 2012. The event was held at at New Police Lines Ground in Kingsway Camp.
According to police commissioner Neeraj Kumar, 566 personnel from state police and para-military forces, including 19 of Delhi Police, were killed while serving in their respective forces during the period. Uttar Pradesh topped the list of causalities with 133 followed by Border Security Force (85), Central Reserve Police Force (57) and Jharkhand (43).
UPSC member K K Paul, Intelligence Bureau Director N S Sandhu, IB’s Special Director V Rajagopal and retired commissioners of Delhi Police Subash Tondan, Raja Vijay Karan, M B Kaushal, Ajai Raj Sharma, R S Gupta and senior officers paid homage.
A two minute silence was also observed to remember the martyrs. During September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011, 634 police and para-military personnel lost their lives during operations or attacks on them with CRPF topping the list of causalities with 113 followed by Uttar Pradesh (112) and BSF (72). In the previous year between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010, 797 police and para-military personnel lost their lives during operations or attacks on them with CRPF (191) topping the list with 191.
Similarly, during 2008 September and August 2009, police forces lost 841 lives with UP topping the list with 107 cases. The Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 every year in the memory of 10 CRPF personnel, who were ambushed and killed by Chinese forces in Ladakh on October 21, 1959.