Indo Tibetan Border Police Current Affairs - 2020

March 23: Shaheed Diwas

Every year, March 23rd is celebrated as Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day. The Day is observed to commemorate the courage and heroism of three great young leaders Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.

Highlights

The Day is also celebrated as Martyr’s Day in the country. Several Schools and Colleges pay tribute and express their gratitude on this day.

Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was born in 1907. He popularised the phase “Inquilab Zindabad”. This means Long Live Revolution.

Other Martyr’s Day Observed in India

On January 30, India observes Martyrs Day to mark the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. On May 19, Language Martyr’s Day is marked in the memory of 15 Bengalis who sacrificed their lives in Bengali Language Movement

On October 21, Police Martyr Day is marked. It is also called Police Martyr’s Day. On October 21, the CRPF at the Indo-Tibetan Border were ambushed by the Chinese forces.

On November 17, Odisha Government marks Martyr’s Day to commemorate the death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai.

On November 19, Maharashtra observes Martyr’s Day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmi Bhai.

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Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal for 2019

Teams of Delhi Police Special Cell and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were awarded Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal for 2019. A 25-member team of Odisha Police has also been awarded the medal, along with the others.

Key Highlights

The Delhi Police Special Cell received the honour for thwarting a terror strike by two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, Abdul Latif Ganai and Hilal Ahmad in January 2019. The JeM members were planning an attack in the national capital during the 2019 Republic Day celebrations.

16-member team of border guarding force ITBP was also given the honour for successful Nanda Devi Search and Rescue Mission. This mission involved the successful retrieval of 7 dead bodies near Nanda Devi in Pithoragarh after a 500 hours operation.

About Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal

The prestigious Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal was instituted in June 2018. It aims to promote high professional standards of Investigation of Crime in State and Union Territory Police and Central Investigating Agencies (CIAs) in India.

Eligibility: Police Officers of States and Union Territories (UTs), Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Central Police Organisations (CPOs) and security organisations involved in special operations are eligible for the medal.

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