The day of October 21 honours the sacrifices made by the ten members of the CRPF who died while performing their duties. After a disagreement between the forces on October 21, 1959, ten Indian policemen were killed when Chinese soldiers attacked them in the Hot Springs area near Ladakh. Since then, the day of October 21 has been regarded as National Police Commemoration Day in memory of the fallen officers.
History and significance of National Police Commemoration Day in 2022
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which was in responsibility of policing the 2,600-mile border between India and Tibet, first became involved in this incident on October 20, 1959. The 3rd Battalion of the CRPF sent three teams on separate patrols to a place called Hot Springs to monitor the Indo-China border in North Eastern Ladakh. One of the three contingents, which included a porter and two police constables, did not, however.
The hunt for the missing troop was launched on October 21 by a new force made up of all available personnel and led by DCIO Karam Singh. The Chinese Army began firing at the Indian forces as they approached a hillock in Ladakh. Ten of the seven Indian police officers murdered while on duty were taken as prisoners by the Chinese. The bodies of the killed police officers were delivered to India by Chinese troops on November 28, 1959, which was over a month later.
In accordance with a resolution passed at the Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories in January 1960, October 21 is officially recognised as Police Commemoration Day or Martyr's Day. The day of a parade
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened India's first national police museum on October 15, 2018, in Delhi. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and the Intelligence Bureau are in charge of the museum.