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No Holi for MP police again

THE MADHYA Pradesh Police would not be celebrating Holi this year too. This would be the third year in a row when the department has had to call off Holi celebrations due to tragedies.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:41 IST

THE MADHYA Pradesh Police would not be celebrating Holi this year too. This would be the third year in a row when the department has had to call off Holi celebrations due to tragedies.

While this year — and in 2004 — the department tragically lost some of its serving officers, the calamitous tsunami disaster in December 2004 was the reason for no Holi festivities in 2005.5.

There would be no Holi celebrations this year by the police as mark of respect to DG and Police Housing Corporation Chairman the late A S Aulakh, who expired under tragic circumstances while playing golf during a tournament at Indore on March 5.

The PHQ has sent out signals to all locations across the State not to celebrate Holi to pay homage to the outstanding and exceptional IPS officer whose demise has been sudden and just few days before the festival.

The department had lost two young officers in a tragic road accident in March 2004 and Holi had not been celebrated that year.

Sub-Inspector Archana Singh and Subedar Narendra Bais had been killed on the spot in a road mishap near Badi Bareli on March 7, 2004. Both officers were known to be excellent officers dedicated towards duty and their deaths had also occurred just few days before Holi that year.

Incidentally, 2004 was a very unfortunate year for the MP Police. The department lost almost half-a-dozen young and bright officers at regular intervals, and all in road mishaps.

Just about a month after Archana Singh and Narendra Bais’ death, Satna Superintendent of Police and an exceptional IPS officer Neeraj Bulchandani had been killed in a road accident on April 28, 2004.

That tragedy was followed by the death of another promising young IPS officer G S Porus. He was SP Mandsaur when he was killed in a road accident on October 26.

In 2005, it was the catastrophe called tsunami that had resulted in no Holi celebrations for the police department. In fact, the calamity, that devastated lakhs of lives across South Asia just a couple of days before Christmas in 2004, had resulted in almost all festivities and celebrations being called off everywhere for the next several months.

Again on May 19, 2005, the then commandant of 15th Battalion SAF, Indore, R N Srivastava, had died an untimely death in yet another road accident.

The road mishaps resulting in so many deaths of police officers had even prompted the department to undertake several yagnas and prayers to safeguard its officers.