PUNE: To inspire the younger generation and acknowledge the martyrdom of police personnel, all police units in the state have been asked to contact the local schools and colleges to put up photos or memorial of the martyr who had studied there.
Special IG Anup Kumar Singh from the Maharashtra Police DGP Office, Mumbai, has written to all the police commissioners and superintendents of police. “The schools and colleges can put the photo frame or instal memorial giving details of the martyr and his sacrifice,” Singh wrote.
Maharashtra Police took the decision following the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the DGsP/IGsP conference in Tekanpur, Gwalior from January 6 to 8.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba had written to all state and union territory police unit chiefs about the PM’s directions. “During the conference, the Prime Minister directed that a ‘Smarak’ (memorial) of martyrs may invariably be established at the local school / college where the martyrs studied in acknowledgement of their supreme sacrifice. In this context, I also draw your attention to a decision taken in DGsP/IGsP Conference in 2015 for police forces to organise annual remembrance functions at the local schools where the martyr studied to pay homage to the departed soul and also inspire the younger generation,” Gauba wrote in his letter dated January 18.
In 2017, police units across the country observed the 58th Police Commemoration Day on October 21. In 2016-17, 379 police personnel from across India lost their lives while performing their duties.