Honour killed policemen, troopers with ‘martyr’, HC urged

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking it direct the government to issue the honourific of “martyr” or “shaheed” to paramilitary or police personnel who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty.

The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed before a division bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini, who posted the matter for July 29 for further hearing.

Citing that 31,895 paramilitary personnel sacrificed their lives in the last 53 years in the line of duty, the PIL said the honour of being called a “martyr” or “shaheed” still eludes the troopers and officers of paramilitary and police forces in the country.

The plea was filed by advocate Abhishek Choudhary, who apprised the court that “the personnel of the three armed forces of the country, namely army, navy and air force, are called ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ when they are killed during duty, but unfortunately the men/women of police and paramilitary forces who are killed in anti-Maoist operations, rendering internal security duties and guarding our borders in extreme conditions are not given the stature of a ‘martyr’.”

“In many places, like along the Pakistan border, paramilitary personnel work along with army men and in Maoist-affected states, they work with air force officials. But in case of death in action, the Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPFs) are not accorded ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ status,” the plea said.

Choudhary said honouring them will not only act as a morale booster but also enhance their self-respect.

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