The National Police Memorial dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by police personnel since independence.
October 21 is observed as the Police Commemoration Day every year in memory of the policemen killed at Hot Springs in Ladakh by Chinese troops on this date in the year 1959.
Read in Hindi: जानिए राष्ट्रीय पुलिस स्मारक के बारे में
The memorial has been erected on 6.12 acres of land in Chanakyapuri at the northern end of Shanti Path.
This Police Memorial represents all state, union territories police forces and central police organizations of the country.
Since the year 1947, 34,844 police personnel have been martyred, with 424 losing their lives this year. Many of these brave lives were lost in the fight against terrorism in various geographical regions such as Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram. A large number of police lives were lost in the prevention of crime and in the maintenance of law and order in other regions of the country.
The central sculpture of is a 30 feet monolith made of a single piece of granite, weighing 238 tonnes. Its weight and colour symbolise the gravitas and solemnity of the supreme sacrifice.
A 60-foot long river at the base of the sculpture reflects the continuous self-service of the policeman and woman, to maintain peace and public order.
The ‘Wall of Valour’ has the names of all 34,844 martyrs engraved on granite.
A Police Museum also dedicated to the nation. It contains facts and points of time that shaped the history of the Indian police.