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Martyred cops to be honoured at their schools

Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh): For the first time in Chhattisgarh, as many as 20 security personnel, who laid their lives in the war against Maoists since 2000 to 2015, will be honoured at the schools, where they had their studies, on August 15.

This decision has been taken on the appeal of the police department to the education department to mount photographs of martyred personnel, who lost their lives while fighting Maoists, at schools in their home villages. It was also decided to organise condolence meetings in their memory on the occasion of national festivals.

According to sources, as a first step, the department has identified 20 martyrs from the District Force and the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF). They will be remembered on the Independence Day. Their names have been forwarded to their respective schools in their home villages, the sources added.

“In order to remember the martyrs, who lost their lives for the sake of the nation and help people to remember those forgotten heroes, schools have been asked to pay tribute to them and create awareness among children about their sacrifice for the nation,” said Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav.

According to the sources, after unfurling the Tri-colour at the schools, the students would be taught about the martyrs and the importance of celebrating the Independence Day.

The department has invited the family members of the 20 selected martyrs in the main parade programme on August 15. The state home minister will felicitate them. Family members of the civilians, who lost their lives in infamous Jhiram Ghati Naxal incident, will also be honoured on the occasion. 

The martyrs who will be remembered are head constables Bansingh Markam, Murli Tiwari, Laikhan Sethia, Virendra Kumar Som, Patrika Khalko, Shankar Prasad Joshi, Chamru Ram Mahanti, Govind Rai and Bijendra Rampure; constables Motiram Baghel, Boga Ram, Dinesh Dayal, Pawan Negi, Jaisingh Thakur, Mahipal Chouhan, Santosh Yadav and Sonsai Nag and assistant sub-inspector Shobharam Sahu.

The civilians to be paid tribute are Bhagirathi of  Juna Para, Sadashiv Nag, Manoj Joshi, Ganpat Nag, Rajkumar Nag of Darbha, Gopi Madwani of Jagdalpur, Sohan Mandavi of Kodenaar, Vasu Sethia of Gadhiya, Pandu Ram of Koleng and Somdu Markam of Pakhnaar.