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Valour of 6 Chandigarh police martyrs to get recognition at their schools

Lest we forget: Chandigarh Police to organise functions at their villages to make people aware of their valiant battle in line of duty; their families will be felicitated

punjab Updated: Oct 22, 2017 12:28 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Chandigarh DGP Tajender Singh Luthra (first from left) along with other police officers salute the martyrs. (Karun Sharma/HT)

As a tribute to its six martyrs, Chandigarh police have decided to send special teams to their villages and to organise functions where their stories of valour will be told and their family members will be honoured.

To kick start this initiative, Himachal Pradesh governor Acharya Dev Vrat on October 23, will pay tribute to UT police martyr ASI Amin Chand. A solemn ceremony by UT police will be held at Senior Secondary School Lunj, Himachal Pradesh, where Amin Chand had studied. His family members will be honoured.

ASI Amin Chand was martyred in 1991 during a terrorist attack. He had joined as constable in Chandigarh Police in 1981. On August 29, 1991, he was posted as driver with SSP, SS Saini. He was killed in the bomb blast in Sector 17 in which Saini had sustained minor injuries.

In a service of over 10 years in Chandigarh Police, he was bestowed with 44 commendation certificates.

Know the martyrs

Inspector Jagjit Singh hailed from Ferozepur and completed his graduation from Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh. He had joined Chandigarh Police as ASI in 1972. While posted as SHO of Sector-39 police station, on July 17, 1988, he led a raid on house in Sector 45, where some terrorists, armed with weapons had taken shelter. Inspector Jagjit Singh broke the door and rushed inside the house.

Why Commemoration Day is held
  • The history of commemoration day traces back to October 21, 1959, when a police party of the Indian police force was deployed to defend national frontiers in the Ladakh region.They were attacked by Chinese troops hiding in the hills and 10 CRPF jawans were killed. Since then, this day is celebrated as Martyrdom Day at Central Police Organisations and Police Forces in remembrance of the sacrifice of their companions.

In the encounter that ensued, three terrorists were killed. Inspector Jagjit Singh also received fatal bullet injuries and died on the spot. During his service in Chandigarh Police, he had earned 24 commendation certificates and President’s Police Medal for Gallantry was awarded (posthumously) on May 10, 1989.

ASI Amarjit Singh hailed from Hoshiarpur. He had joined as a constable in Chandigarh police in 1976. On December 8, 1989, while posted in Police Post-36, he was ambushed and martyred while on patrolling duty near Kajheri village by two terrorists on a motorcycle. During his service he had earned seven commendation certificates.

ASI Lalu Ram was from Kotkapura village in Faridkot. He had joined as a constable in Punjab Police in 1976 and joined Chandigarh Police on deputation in 1978. He was martyred on August 29, 1991, when he was posted as PSO to SS Saini, SSP, in a bomb blast in Sector 17.

SI Amarjit Singh was from Moga and had joined as a constable in Punjab Police in 1973. On February 25,1992, when he was escorting under trial terrorist Arvinder Singh alias Tanny to PGI for treatment, some unidentified terrorists attacked the police party. SI Amarjit Singh bravely fought the terrorists but was martyred.

Inspector Sucha Singh had joined Chandigarh Police as a constable in 1976. While posted in the traffic wing of Chandigarh Police he was on night check duty in the area of sub division central on the night of June 8, 2013. Inspector Singh questioned one suspicious couple sitting near the District Court, Sector 17, Chandigarh. He was stabbed to death by dismissed UT constable Basant Singh, alias Bunty (26), who was accused of committing three murders, along with his girlfriend Sarita Rani (23). During his service in Chandigarh Police, he had earned 39 commendation certificates.

UT police pays homage to martyrs

UT personnel during the Commemoration Day in Sector 17 on Saturday. ( Karun Sharma/HT )

The 58th Commemoration Day Parade was held on Saturday at the Ground of Police Station, Sector 17, to pay homage to martyred policemen. Every year October 21 is observed as the day of remembrance for the companions who laid down their lives in line of duty. On this occasion, two minute silence was held to salute the memory of comrades who sacrificed their lives. Central Police organisations and state police observe this day in the form of Martyrdom Day.

Tajender Singh Luthra, director general of police, Chandigarh, along with other police officers paid homage to their comrades at the Martyrs Memorial Site.

In the past one year from September 1, 2016 to August, 2017, 383 police officers and personnel from paramilitary police forces and police organisations have lost their lives in line of duty.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 12:23 IST