The Governor, Chief Minister and Home Minister of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday saluted the police personnel for risking their lives and braving the odds to keep people safe.
On the occasion of Police Memorial Day, Governor Anusuiya Uikey recalled the legends of brave policemen who died while protecting their motherland. The event took place at the Fourth Battalion CAF Mana Raipur premises.
Uikey said police personnel sacrifice their lives "to keep us safe. We sleep in peace because police remain vigilant all night. During Covid, I noticed that despite the uncertain and fearful environment, our police personnel performed their duties.
"Some of the personnel got infected, some even lost their lives to this pandemic, but it did not dampen their courage. They went on to perform their duties despite the odds," she said.
Uikey credited the police with taking on the Naxalites tactfully and courageously. "With their efforts and dedication, the state will soon get rid of the problem of Naxalism."
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the dedication, courage and sacrifices of police and security personnel makes their profession noble, unique and respectable. He expressed gratitude towards the martyrs and empathized with their families.
Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu paid floral tributes to the martyrs and assured the families of the martyrs that the Chhattisgarh government would always stand by them.
Police Memorial Day is observed on October 21 every year to commemorate the martyrdom of the security forces in an encounter with the Chinese Army in Ladakh on this day in 1959. The Sino-Indian war fought in 1962.
"Our soldiers deployed in Naxalite-affected areas deal with the Naxalites with utmost understanding and courage, to protect civilians round the clock," Sahu said
"The Maoists are continuously surrendering. As a result, Naxalite activities have decreased by 47 percent in the state."
Director General of Police D.M. Awasthi said that many parts of the country were Naxalism-affected, which includes a part of Chhattisgarh as well. Maoists are actively conspiring against humanity and democratic values, he said.
In Chhattisgarh, from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, police killed 47 Naxalites in encounters while losing 25 of their own men, he said.