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After 31,895 deaths, still no ‘martyr’ tag for police personnel

The paramilitary and police forces in the country have lost 31,895 personnel in the last 53 years in the line of duty but they are still fighting for the ‘martyr’ status for the dead officers and men like in the the Armed Forces.

As the nation commemorates the sacrifices of the police personnel yet again during the Police Commemoration Day on Monday, the force renewed its demand that the dead personnel be declared ‘shaeed’ (martyr).

The personnel of the three services – Army, Navy and Air Force – are called ‘martyrs’ when they are killed during duty, but there is no official notification or order till date which states that men and women of police and paramilitary forces who get killed in anti-Naxal operations or while rendering internal security duties regularly are honoured as ‘shaheed’.

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will be the chief guest at the commemmorative event while wreath laying services at ‘shaheed’ tombs will be held in various states.

‘There seems to be only lip service being done for these men and women who get killed almost every other day in the line of duty, either in Naxal operations or fighting militants or terrorists in the country. Is it not unfair with these troopers when they are not given the credit that they deserve?’ general secretary of the all India central paramilitary forces association PS Nair said.
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