A number of positive changes took place during last two years and we will continue to work with more dedication to strengthen peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of 9th Police Martyrs Memorial Inter Club Cricket Championship at Kathua this afternoon.
On his arrival, DGP as per a statement issued laid floral wreaths at the martyr gallery and lightened the lamp to pay homage to the slain cops.
While speaking on the occasion, the DGP appreciated the efforts of Martyrs Welfare Association, Kathua Police and associate partners for organizing the event annually and said that they are doing a sacred duty as this tournament is aimed to pay tributes to the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives in line of duty.
He appreciated the participation of families of slain, DDC members, youth of Kathua for encouraging the Kathua Police and Martyrs Welfare Association. He thanked the media fraternity for giving a wide coverage to the event.
DGP said that JK Police has been organizing sports tournaments throughout the year particularly after September 2020 to pay tribute to the slain who laid down their lives to protect the nation and its people.
He said that “without caring for their lives and of their families, our martyrs performed their duties to provide a better atmosphere to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“It is very painful that during last year only we lost 62 security personnel including 16 from JK Police. However, it also makes us very proud that to protect the integrity of the country and to serve its people, we are ready to sacrifice our lives. I also convey my condolences to the families of these brave martyrs who lost their loved ones while protecting the interests of people and the country,” DGP added.
DGP said Jammu and Kashmir Police is engaged on different fronts to strengthen the peace in Jammu and Kashmir and added that “it is our mission to provide better platforms to our youth to utilize their energy in constructive activities like sports , cultural and educational events.”
He said that a number of positive changes took place during the last two years and we will continue to work with more dedication to strengthen the peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pertinently, the tournament was inaugurated by the DGP on 23rd February 2020 in which total 16 teams participated of which four teams were from Jammu & Kashmir and rest 12 teams were from other States and UTs from North India.
The tournament was suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The final match of the championship was played between Lal Bhadhur Shastri Club Delhi and Haryana Cricket Association Dasa Border. Lal Bhadhur Shastri Club Delhi won the title by 28 runs. DGP distributed the trophies and cash prizes to the winner and runner up teams and also distributed sports kits among the players.
SSP Kathua Shalinder Mishra in his welcome address thanked the DGP J&K, all other dignitaries, DDC members and the spectators for making the closing ceremony a grand success. He also thanked all the participating teams, Kathua Police personnel, media and partner associates for completing the 9th Police martyrs tournament despite a long break which occurred due to outbreak of pandemic.
He said that besides this championship Kathua Police has organised a number of tournaments for the youth under JK Police’s Civic Action Programme.
Among others, the closing ceremony was attended by DC Kathua O.P. Bhagat, SSP Kathua Shalinder Mishra, SSP Samba Rajesh Sharma, Principle PTS Kathua Arun Gupta, CO IRP 19th Bn Randhir Singh, ASP Kathua Dr Ramnish Gupta, President Industrial Association Kathua Divender Verma, District Development Council members, prominent industrialists, families of martyrs and a large number of people