New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind will pay tributes to the police and paramilitary personnel killed in the line of duty, including the 40 CRPF men killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, when he visits the National Police Memorial here next week, officials said on Monday.
Kovind will pay his respects to the slain security personnel and lay a wreath at the memorial during a remembrance service on April 9 that marks the annual “Valour Day” event of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The National Police Memorial, a 30-foot-tall and 238-tonne black granite structure, was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21 last year on the occasion of the police commemoration day.
It would be the first time that the president would visit the memorial located in the Chanakyapuri area of the national capital, the officials said.
They added that Kovind, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, would be accorded a “national salute” and presented a guard of honour by a joint column of troops from all the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) such as the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB.
Senior CRPF commanders and other officials of the Union home ministry would also attend the “Valour Day” event.
The day is celebrated to remember a gallant fight back by the CRPF men at the Sardar post in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch in 1965.
The troops were posted on border-guarding duties that time and the event is mentioned as one of the glorious chapters in the country’s military history when only two companies (about 150 personnel) of the force stood their ground and repulsed a Pakistani brigade attack.
The force was tasked to secure the post seeing the aggressive posturing of the other side and the location was at a flat area, which was tactically disadvantageous.