Unsung heroes: Being a cop often a thankless job

Unsung heroes: Being a cop often a thankless job
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Being a policeman, very often a thankless job. Even though they function as the bulwarks of the society, they end up on the wrong side of the coin.

Warangal: Being a policeman, very often a thankless job. Even though they function as the bulwarks of the society, they end up on the wrong side of the coin.

They are damned if they do, and damned even if they don’t. From no other public servant so much is expected and demanded as much as from the police, who live 24 hours a day, sometimes at great risk to themselves.

It’s time to ponder over what would happen if the cops did not respond when people really need them? It is easy to sit back and make judgments as to their actions they take, but the pressure and the risk they have to cope up with is often disregarded.

“Long working hours under intense working conditions is what the life is all about for us,” a constable on the condition of anonymity poured out their problems. Even though the government promised to implement a day off to police personnel every week, it remained on paper, he added.

He said that it would happen only when the staff is doubled. The way D Siddaiah, Sub-Inspector of Atmakur in Nalgonda district, succumbed to the bullets of terror suspects after battling for his life for over three days in 2015 is still afresh.

The crookedness of destiny was such that the SI’s wife was admitted in the same hospital for delivery and she delivered a baby boy the same day.

“It’s not uncommon that while lapses are highlighted, the achievements go unheralded,” the Commissioner of Police G Sudheer Babu told The Hans India. A number of policemen laid down their lives for the cause of the nation. It’s time to remember the extreme sacrifices made by the police personnel, he said, referring to the Police Commemoration Day on Saturday (October 21).

A peek into the history: It was on October 21, 1959, as many as 20 Indian soldiers were attacked by the Chinese troops in Ladakh. It resulted in the death of 10 policemen. Seven of the personnel managed to escape from the Chinese troops after they were imprisoned. The Chinese troops handed over the bodies of the martyred policemen to India on November 28, 1959.

Their cremation was held with full Police honours and since then October 21 is being observed as Police Commemoration Day in remembrance of the martyrs.

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