Prime Minister paying his salutations at the newly constructed National Police Memorial

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated National Police Memorial to the nation during an event held to mark the National Police Commemoration Day. A 30 feet-tall and 238 tonne-heavy black granite central sculpture honouring the slain troopers, a museum and a wall of valour bearing the names of over 34,800 martyred personnel were unveiled during the event.

The PM also announced an award in the name of Netaji, to honour those involved in disaster response operations. The award would be announced every year, recognising the bravery and courage displayed in saving lives of people, in the wake of a disaster, he said.

After paying homage to the martyrs at the National Police Memorial, Modi honoured the three surviving members of Ladakh’s Hot Spring attack in 1959. Speaking at the event, the PM lauded the courage and sacrifice of police personnel who laid down their lives for the service of the nation.

He recalled the sacrifices of the brave police personnel who fought valiantly at Hot Springs, Ladakh and paid respects to their kin. Modi said the memorial underlines the vision of the government to accord maximum respect to people who played a vital role in nation building.

He said every object associated with the memorial will inspire citizens and apprise them about the bravery of police and para military personnel.