Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday laid a wreath at the martyrs' memorial in police headquarters at Naigaon here on Police Commemoration Day.
The Governor read out a message paying tribute to the police officers and personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
The names of police martyrs during 2013-14 were read out. The parade presented 'Shok Shastra' and fired three rounds on the occasion, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said.
State Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshtriya, Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Rajan, DGP Sanjeev Dayal, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria and other officers and police personnel were present on the occasion.
The history of commemoration day traces back to October 21, 1959, when a patrol party of CRPF, led by sub-inspector Karan Singh, was ambushed by the Chinese forces at Hot Springs Ladakh and 10 jawans were killed.
The bravery and resultant sacrifice of jawans fighting at 16,000 ft altitude, in extremely cold conditions and against all odds, is an epitome of rarest of the rare courage.
On October 21 every year, the commemoration parade is held as a mark of respect to police martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
The arms are reversed and a two-minute silence is observed in the honour of the departed souls. The names of police martyrs are read out, to acknowledge the supreme sacrifices made by them.