National Police Memorial Current Affairs - 2019
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The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated its 54th Valour Day (Shaurya Diwas) on April 9. On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to the martyrs of police at National Police Memorial in New Delhi.
Why April 9 is observed as Shaurya Divas?
In the intervening night of 8 and 9 April 1965, nearly 3500 men from the 51st Infantry of Pakistani Army invaded India at Sardar Post. The mission of the Pakistani Army was to capture the Indian Territory defended by Sardar Post.
The Sardar post was being guarded by two battalions of CRPF which comprised of roughly 150 soldiers. The CRPF soldiers were no match in terms of arsenal compared to the Pakistani Army. The 51st Infantry of Pakistani Army invaded India comprised 18 Punjab battalion, 8 Frontier Rifles, and 6 Baluch battalion. In addition, the terrain was disadvantageous for the Indian forces.
In the fight ensued the Pakistani Army made three attempts to overrun the post. The CRPF soldiers thwarted every attempt with a brilliant display of courage and strategic intelligence.
The battle lasted for 12 hours and in the end, the Pakistani Army fled the battleground leaving behind 34 of their men dead, which included two officers. Another four soldiers were captured alive. On that night, the CRPF lost six of its brave soldiers. Ever since April 9 is observed by the CRPF as the Valour Day or Shaurya Diwas.
The Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has announced the Shaurya awards for students in the name of 71 state police martyrs.
About the Shaurya Awards
The Shaurya Awards with prize money of Rs 11,000 will be awarded to students in the name of 71 personnel of the state police forces who laid down their lives while protecting society and maintaining law and order in the state.
The award would be given to a student for courageous deeds every year in a village block where the school is located and where a martyr studied during his childhood.
The announcements were made by the Chief Minister while addressing the family members of Haryana Police martyrs at while addressing the National Police Memorial in New Delhi. The Chief Minister also announced the construction of a state-level police memorial in the state of Haryana and released the book titled ‘Martyrs of Haryana police’.
National Police Memorial
Renovated and refurbished Police Memorial was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 October 2018. National Police Memorial commemorates the 34,844 police personnel from all of the central and state police forces in India who have died in the line of duty since the nation’s Independence in 1947.
The National Police Memorial commemorates the police personnel whose lives were lost in the fight against terrorism, militancy and insurgency in states such as Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir and red corridor-affected regions in India.
The National Police Memorial also hosts the Wall of Valour with names of police personnel engraved on the granite, who died in the line of duty from 1947 to the present day.