72 Kashmir policemen were killed in 2006
2 January 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir police lost 72 of its officers and men in 2006 while playing a 'great role' in fighting terrorism. In his New Year message in a booklet released Tuesday, Director General of Police Gopal Sharma said that the state police had scaled new heights and carved a niche for itself as an ace force in the country. He said sharpened professionalism and the spirit of sacrifice among men and officers for the unity and integrity of the country had been widely recognised.The state police was rewarded with a total of 279 medals, 39 of which were President's Police medals for gallantry.Seven policemen lost their lives while fighting a suicide attack by two terrorists in the busy Lal Chowk area in Srinagar in October last year. Their sacrifice helped the police rescue more than 120 people from hotels, shops and other commercial establishments around the area.While paying tributes to the sacrifices of such 'valiant' men of the force, Sharma assured their families that their 'welfare and well being is our prime concern. They are part of the large police family'.Noting that the state police had made a place for itself because of 'grit and determination and high degree of professionalism of its officers and men', he added: 'This, however, should not make us complacent as we have to work with greater vigour and zeal to achieve our objectives.'