Udupi: Sacrifices of police personnel remembered on Martyrs’ Day

Udupi: The Police Martyrs’ Day was observed at Chandu Maidan here on Wednesday, October 21 to commemorate the sacrifices of police personnel who lost their lives on duty.

Dr R Vishal, deputy commissioner of Udupi district and the chief guest of the day, paid tribute to police martyrs.

K Annamalai, Superintendent of Police Udupi district, said that Martyrs’ day marks the attack by Chinese forces on a police team patrolling at the high altitude of 4,681 meters above sea level adjoining the Indo-China border on October 21, 1959.

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Though armed only with rifles, ten policemen were killed and nine captured by the Chinese troops. Since then, the day marks the sacrifices of the police personnel in the country.

A total of 434 personnel have lost their lives while on duty from July 2014 to August 2014. This includes 108 in Uttar Pradesh, 14 Andra Pradesh, 6 Assam, 37 in Chhattisgarh, 7 in Delhi, 24 in Jammu & Kashmir, 11 Jarkhand, 1 in Rajasthan and Kerala, 11 in Madhya Pradesh, 10 in Maharashtra, 3 in Manipur, 7 Meghalaya, 2 in Orissa, Haryana and Nagaland, 4 in Punjab and Telangana, 6 in Uttarakand, 23 in West Bengal; 47 from BSF, 8 from CISF, 31 from CRPF, 9 from ITBP, 9 from RPF, 22 from SSB. In Karnataka, 11 cops have lost their lives while on duty, 4 of them being from Udupi district, he said.

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In his message, Dr Vishal said that a society without police is unimaginable as it will be a land of chaos and anarchy. Police are an integral part of the peace keeping force. These unsung heroes play a significant role at any given time offering round the clock service. It was known that police personnel face severe pressure while performing their duties. “Not only must we salute cops for their work, we must also ensure that they get support and other benefits. Just as a farmer is important to our nation, police are also one of the most precious to the nation,” he added.

Additional SP Santhosh Kumar, DySP Karkala Suman Varnekar, DySP Kundapur Jagadish Shetty, former DySP Dr Prabhudeva Mane and others were present.


  1. Dr Vishal,You have said it right that living a Peaceful life without fear could have been impossible without Police,anywhere in the World. A traffic Policeman stands under the Scorching Sun,breathing Diesel Emission, Dust and Ear Piercing Noise to guide us SAFELY from the hands of lawless Bus and Tipper drivers. Crime Dept Policemen enters the Brawl of Rowdies without thinking if anyone carries a weapon which could be used against them thus loosing their own life saving others. But Society only looks only wrong in them as they take bribe. They do not think about bribe taken by Politicians,and other Government officials including RTO,Registration Officers, Public Workers including Lokayukta now a days.
    When in trouble call Policeman and He will be there. Let Us appreciate what they have done and died in action on this day.

    • Mr. Joe D’Souza,

      When I was abroad, I knew a person having the same name as yours and he hailed from Goa. That was a long time ago and he was much elder to me and I do not think you are that person.

      I have read plenty of non-fictional stuff on various issues, had the privilege to speak to knowledgeable people who told me how the governments in India work and why corruption cannot be eliminated and totally stamped out of India and this matter has been further aggravated because people do not unite and take the governments, bureaucrats and authorities to task. My attitude will be, “Well, Joe D’Souza is facing the music. Why should I get involved, when it does not concern me?” They know it very well and, therefore, fool the people and take them for a ride. This apart, I read respectable print media and also electronic media, besides suring the Internet and watching Youtube.

      Take it from me that all politicians, bureaucrats, government and municipal employees are corrupt. Most of my countrymen are not able to see things through, because, as Justice Katju said, they are stupid. I would also add that most Indians are naive, stupid, lack quality education or are semi or illiterates. It is no use having done graduation, post-graduation or PhD from run-of-the-mill universities or studied for some Engineering Certificate or Diploma from say, Montu Crasto Institute of Technology and then he and his relations brag that he is educated. The quality of education from most engineering colleges can be gauged from the fact that, if I recall correctly, Narayana Murthy telling an American lady interviewing him that most of his employees may have done graduation and post-graduation in computer engineering, but since the quality is poor, they have to be trained by Infosys for another two years to be acceptable in their work culture.

      In U.S., most Americans of Indian origins have done B.Tech. and M.Tech. from IITs and are not BEs and MEs from Regional Colleges or Educational Trusts.

      Take for example an Officer with IPS background. He has not joined IPS to do good for the people and society, but by serving his seniors and his political masters he is not only enriching them, but also himself. Please read the book, “Carnage by Angels,” by Y.P. Singh, a highly honest and no nonsense IPS cadrre offcer who resigned and today is highly successful lawyer. IPS officers who have worked till retirement and have got President’s Police Medal and other medals, citations and accolades, have served their masters obediently, though to media and people they have shown their tougher side. From what I have read, there is a unholy alliance between the ministers, politicians and police.

      Police have lots of probems and they have to be looked into and addressed.

      Somewhere in late 1990s or early 2000s, there was an IPS officers’ conferece held in Delhi I think, probably attended by the Home Minister and other politicians. In that conference, I read in th media that all IPS officers came on the mike and spoke about their problems and their pay packages should be hiked (and what not). It ws only Mr. Arvind Inamdar, who was the DGP of Maharashtra then, who came to the mike and did not speak about himself or IPS fraternity, but appealed to the government to address the problems of policemen, Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors. In short, this shows how selfish IPS people are. When thy retire, most of them own farmhouses. From where the money came? Forget bout other trappings of wealth.

      So, just do not get carried away by speeches, when their hearts are not sincere. If the ministers decide to eliminate corruption, then it can be done. But, if they themselves are corrupt, certainly bureaucrafts will be willingly subservient to their political masters, because they too can line their pockets. Therefore, India needs a Prime Minister of the calibre of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singpore (and not Narendra Modi, Dr. Manmohan Singh or anyone for that matter), who put all corrupt politicians behind bars.

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