Martyrs' Day observed

Tribute was paid to those police personnel who have lost their lives while maintaining law and order in the country, at the Police Martyrs’ Day held, at District Armed Reserve Grounds, in Mangalore on Sunday.

“There is a need to respect police personnel, who work towards maintaining peace in the society. The police work under pressure. With the increase in crime rate, they have to be alert and ready to help people round the clock. Many a time, the police come under criticism,” said District Sessions Judge Ashok Nijagannanavar.

IGP (Western Range) Pratap Reddy said that the cops are expected to maintain peace in the society. They are answerable to the untoward incidents in the society.

Head Constables Venkatesh and S Yogish Padhakanayya and Police Constables Varadaraj, H R Banahatti, Mahadev S from Karnataka were killed while on duty. Tribute was paid by firing three rounds in the air.

DK Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal read out the names of the martyrs’. The guests and police  paid floral tribute to the martyrs’ on the occassion.
Police Commissioner Manish Karbikar, DCP (Crime) Mutthurayya, DCP (Law and order) Dharmaiah and others were present.

‘Do not neglect cops’ role’

It is the duty of each and every citizen to cooperate with police personnel, in maintaining law and order, Udupi Fast Track Court Magistrate G S Revankar has said.
Speaking at the Police Martyrs’ Day, at Chandu Maidan in Udupi on Sunday he said: “Police have a major role to protect the internal security. In 1961-62, at least 68 police men were killed, while on duty. However, the number of casualties in the police force has been increasing over the years,” he said.

Chikmagalur Additional SP Mitra Heraje said that the country has lost 574 police personnel during the period from September 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012. Of which, five are from Karnataka and two are from Udupi district.

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