Indian Police service on October 21, 2016, observed its 66th Commemoration Day in presence of Home Minster Rajnath Singh, MoS Kiren Rijiju, and other dignitaries.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 21, 2016
This day is observed each year to commemorate all the martyrs of the Indian Police Service (IPS) who over the years lost their lives to save the nation.
— IRS(C&CE)Association (@IRS_IN) October 21, 2016
This day got its official status back in January 1960, few months after the Indian police service lost 10 of its cops during an operation in October 1959.
The group, which was led by Sub-inspector Karam Singh, was attacked by the Chinese Army at Ladakh’s Hot Springs on October 21, while they were on a lookout for a missing reconnaissance party.
The group had 21 police official, out of which they lost ten men that day, while other eleven were taken as prisoners by the Chinese Army.
Since then each year October 21 has been observed as ‘Commemoration Day’, so as to honor the supreme sacrifices of the policemen, who otherwise largely goes unnoticed.
Ladakh’s Aksai Chin Hot Spring is situated between 15,000 and 16,000 ft above the sea level and lies on the Indo-Tibet border which in 1959 was being manned by the members of Indian Police Service.
They at that time had observed heightened activity of the Chinese Army in the area and had decided to deploy members of the Indo –Tibetan Border Force, CRPF, as well as few other forces to guard the border.
A platoon was patrolling the border when in a surprise attack, the Chinese army targeted them with automatic weapons and mortars.
While Karam Singh and his men displayed extraordinary resilience and fought bravely, the fact that the Chinese had a superior arsenal and were in numerically large number led our men to be overpowered by them.
China’ attack was later widely criticized on the global front and the Chinese Army on 13 November 1959, finally returned the mortal remains of the 10 martyrs.