Srinagar: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday said the state will always remember the police personnel who fell in the line of duty and “sacrificed their lives for safeguarding the future of our citizens”.
“We can never repay the debt of our police martyrs. We salute our heroes and pray for their eternal peace and highest place in heaven,” an official handout quoted him as saying.
Mufti was speaking on the Police Commemoration Day, where senior police officers and soldiers gathered “to pay respects to the martyred personnel and their families”, the handout said.
Former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, were among the ministers, legislators and officers preset on the occasion, it said.
Referring to the supreme sacrifice of 10 gallant CRPF personnel at Hot Springs, Ladakh, in 1959 while repulsing Chinese aggression– Police Commemoration Day is observed every year in their memory—the chief minister commended J&K police “for exercising restraint and minimising collateral damage on the law-and-order front”.
“Police should also focus on prevention of crime by strengthening prosecution wing so that the criminals do not go scot-free,” he said, while highlighting the scourge of “rising drug addiction, violence against women and other crimes” taking roots in the society.
Laying stress on the noble message of peace preached by Islam, Mufti reiterated that gun will never be a solution to any problem. “Na bandook se na goli se, baat banegi boli se,” he said. “I feel pain when I see Islam’s message of peace being distorted in such a manner.”
Taking a detour to the events between 1947 and now, he referred to the political space created when Sheikh Abdullah returned to power in the state.
“He gave good governance and created much-needed political space for leaders like me,” he added.
Reflecting upon certain disturbing incidents happening in the past few days, Mufti said, “Such acts of intolerance and hate are hitting at India’s core values and posing a grave threat to the country’s plurality and inclusiveness.”
He cited example of Pakistan, which was still “in search of a political model that matches one which has been perfected by India”.
“I compliment the opposition in piloting a resolution which was unanimously passed by the state legislature that conveyed message of peace and communal harmony to the rest of the country,” he said, recalling 1947 when Kashmir became a torchbearer of peace for the India which was burning in communal frenzy.
Mufti laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial and shook hands with some of the audience members.
Earlier, DGP read out names of the 437 policemen across the country, including 24 from J&K Police and 15 from CRPF and BSF, who “sacrificed” their lives in the line of duty in the past one year.
He made a special mention of SI Altaf Ahmad Dar, who was killed by militants in Bandipora recently.