New Delhi, Oct 21 (IENews) India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated National Police Memorial to the nation and lauded the work being done by soldiers to establish peace in the Kashmir Valley and in the naxal-affected areas.
Speaking after inaugurating the Memorial, including a newly-built museum of these forces in khaki, here, the PM said, ‘It is my pleasure that I got the chance to inaugurate this memorial and this structure is an example of the valour and strength of our Police Forces. There are times when we pay rich tributes to the valour of our police personnel. Today, while paying tributes I again remember the great sacrifice made by our Forces. Today I salute all the ‘shaheed’ who have sacrificed their lives for our nation.’
‘It is the day to remember every jawan who maintains law and peace in Jammu And Kashmir and fights against terrorism. Jawans on duty in naxal-affected areas are doing a great service. It’s also due to them that number of naxal-affected districts are going down and youth is coming to mainstream, the PM said at the function in central Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area, where Home Minister Rajnath Singh, his two Ministers of State Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj G Ahir and the top brass of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), central security agencies and state police units were present.
‘It is the result of your alertness that elements which create unrest are unsuccessful in spreading fear and insecurity. The peace prevalent in the nation is possible only due to you,’ the Prime Minister said.
On the occasion, he criticised the previous UPA government for stopping work on the memorial.
‘The previous government did not let this Memorial to be built. Advani ji inaugurated this during Atal ji’s tenure and then UPA government came and the work stopped. Now, the NDA government has completed this work. I question the previous government for not respecting the valour of our Security Forces,’ the PM said.
This is the country’s first national police museum.
Earlier, the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani paid tributes to the policemen killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area, on National Police Memorial Day.