Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde paid tribute at memorial Shakti Sthal in New Delhi on Sunday to brave Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) martyrs who laid down their lives, while fighting the Chinese insurgents in Ladakh.
A parade was also organised to mark the occasion and rich tributes were paid to 575 police personnel who laid down their lives while on duty all over the country during the past one year.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Junior Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Rajeev Shukla also attended the event.
The names of martyrs were read out during the event, and floral wreaths were laid on the memorial. The flag was then flown at half-mast in honour of the soldiers who were killed in the battles.
On October 21, 1959, Deputy Superintendent of Police Karam Singh and 20 soldiers were attacked by the Chinese Army at Hot Springs in Ladakh resulting in 10 casualties.
The survivors were imprisoned. Since then, October 21 is observed as Police Commemoration Day.
A function to mark the day was held in all Police Lines of the country in order to pay homage to the slain policemen throughout the country.
Hot Spring is situated in the Aksai area of Ladakh with an inhospitable terrain at an altitude eanging between 15000-16000 feet and passes over 18000 feet high devoid of any inhabitation or vegetation.
Every year, since 1961 a police party visits Hot Spring in Ladakh to pay homage to 10 CRPF personnel killed by the Chinese in 1959.
Meanwhile in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also attended the Police Commemoration Day functions and laid floral wreaths at the memorial.
The impressive parade was witnessed by top police officers, civil dignitaries and families of the newly inducted officers. (ANI)