Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) is ahead of other government forces in India in terms of “bravery” and “commitment”, Governor Satya Pal Malik said at the Police Commemoration Day function held at J&K Armed Police Complex at Zewan, Srinagar, on Sunday.
Police Commemoration Day is observed in memory of 10 CRPF men killed on October 21, 1959, at Hot Springs on the Indo-China border.
Malik in his address said that the army and CRPF officers had told him that they “cannot do anything in absence of J&K Police”.
Malik said of J&K policemen that theirs is “is not an easy job”. He thanked the police force for ensuring peaceful conduct of municipal elections and said that it was because of them that “no incident of unfair voting was reported from anywhere.”
While the salary of special police officers (SPOs) has been hiked recently, Malik said that the government was trying to increase it further.
“We cannot ignore those who work on meagre wages. I have told Rajnath ji (Home Minister) to increase the ex-gratia for a slain cop,” Malik said.
In his address, Malik said, “We are commemorating those who have died for us. I understand the grief of those who have lost their dear ones. I sympathise with them. We are indebted to them. The nations who do not remember their martyrs, do not survive. They are destroyed.”
On the occasion, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh paid tributes to cops killed on duty. “We pay tributes to the cops who have sacrificed their lives in J&K while fighting terrorism,” he said.
On the state government’s recent decision to hike the salary of SPOs, Singh said, “I thank the governor for the decisions in favour of the police. More steps are also under consideration.
Singh read out the names of cops who were killed on duty in Jammu & Kashmir.