21 Oct 2018 05:45am IST
Dr Muktesh Chander,
The policeman has to face the vagaries of human behaviour everyday be it a riot or an irate citizen blowing off some steam which could develop in something serious. Then there are the life-threatening situations faced by the police personnel on the Indo-Chinese border which resulted in ten brave men losing their lives and the two brave Goan policemen who lost their lives trying to protect the lives of the common man. Uncommon acts by Uncommon men. Dr Muktesh Chander, IPS, DGP (Goa) gives us an insight into their actions
Every year on October 21 the grateful nation remembers the sacrifice of ten valiant police personnel who laid down their lives while defending the integrity of our motherland at Hot Springs (Ladakh). These policemen were killed in an ambush laid by heavily armed Chinese troops, who had violated Indian Territory in Aksai Chin.
Since the middle of 1959, the frontier had suddenly become active on account of transgressions by Chinese troops. However, on October 21, a Police party, led by Karam Singh, DCIO, was ambushed by Chinese troops equipped with automatic weapons and mortars. The Indian Policemen, who were armed only with rifles, held their ground till they were overpowered by hostile force resulting in death of 10 and capture of 9.
The entire Indian nation mourned the martyrdom of these policemen in an unequal encounter with Chinese troops on Indian Territory. The dead bodies were handed over by the Chinese on November 13 and were cremated at Hot Springs (Ladakh) the next morning at 0800 hrs. The Police Forces assembled at every District Headquarters in the country in ceremonial parades to mourn the sacrifice of these valiant soldiers.
Later the heads of all police organizations of India decided (1960) that every year 21st October would be observed as Police Commemoration Day in all Police Lines throughout India to commemorate the martyrdom of the policemen at the altar of duty. This year on October 21st the Hon’ble Prime Minister would be dedicating a National Police Memorial at Chanakya Puri in New Delhi in the memory of all such policemen who have unflinchingly laid down their lives at the altar of duty
Goa Police too has been serving the people of Goa selflessly and unflinchingly and is proud of its martyrs, who laid down their lives to uphold the pledge they took during their training. Significantly, on the occasion of Police Commemoration day it will be a fitting tribute to our heroes namely late Head Constable Shri Balaram B. Shinde and late Police Sub-inspector Shri Abhishek Sher-Ali Parvez Gomes who laid down their lives at the altar of duty. A brief life sketch of these Martyrs is given below:-
LATE SHRI BALARAM B. SHINDE
Late Shri Balaram B. Shinde, Head Constable was an honest and a dedicated policeman. He was born in a small village Sarawali in Kholapur district of Maharashtra. After passing his SSC in 1969, he was selected for the post of Police Constable in the Goa Police, Due to his dedication and devotion towards his duty Shri Shinde was liked by superiors and was rewarded for his honesty and hard work. He was promoted as Head Constable in the year 1985. Shri Shinde served at all the important Police Stations in Goa.
In 1999, during the course of an agitation by a few locals of the surrounding villages against the upcoming Meta Strips Factory at Sancoale, Shri Shinde was posted at Police Out-Post, Cortalim. He had the confidence of the locals and was capable of handling them.
However, on March 4, 2000, at around 16:00 hrs, while Shri B. Shinde was on duty at the Cortalim out-post, an unruly mob encircled it and locked up a few of his colleagues into one of the rooms. Shri B. Shinde resisted the mob and tried his best to convince and control the mob. He was assaulted and was inflicted with life threatening injuries that rendered him unconscious. A few well-wishers of the locality helped him and informed senior Officers who were getting the road cleared. He was immediately shifted to GMC, Bambolim where he remained in coma till he breathed his last on April 23.
LATE SHRI ABHISEK SHER-ALI PARVEZ GOMES
Late PSI Shri Abhisek Sher-Ali Parvez Gomes, a resident of Margao was a directly recruited Police Sub-Inspector, who had joined the Police Department on September 7, 2006.
On March 16, 2013 he alongwith Police Constable Shri Maruti Dhupwadkar were on traffic duties at Ponda. At around 07:30 hrs at Amigos Junction, Curti Ponda they noticed a speedily driven truck and signalled it to stop. The truck driver evaded the signal and did not stop and sped away towards Borim side nearly knocking down the PSI. On suspicion the PSI quickly jumped on his official motorcycle to intercept the truck.
After a hot chase he managed to overtake the truck and signalled it again to stop. However, the truck driver did not stop for the second time and instead of halting, the driver sped past and knocked down the Motorcycle and the PSI, Gomes was dragged along with the Motorcycle to a distance of about 20 meters from the accident spot. He sustained grievous injuries including a torn leg on the spot. He was initially admitted to I. D. Hospital, Ponda and thereafter shifted to Goa Medical College, Bambolim. However, PSI, Gomes unfortunately succumbed to the injuries while undergoing treatment. PSI, Shri Abhisek Sher-Ali Parvez Gomes of Traffic Cell, Ponda was intentionally killed by the truck driver while he was discharging official duty.
The officers and men of Goa Police would remember these brave sons of soil at a homage parade at the PHQ on Police Commemoration Day on October 21, 2018 by according them a solemn Guard of Honour in the presence of their families.
On the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, I appeal to all citizens of state of Goa to visit the website of Indian Police in service of the nation
(www. Police.gov.in) launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister, in December 2015, to highlight the supreme sacrifices made by Police Personnel in line of duty.