Pb govt honours Punjab Police ASI, forgets state’s lone national martyr
Hoshiarpur(Kusum Arora) – Even as Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore paid tributes to Punjab Police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Amarjit Singh at Garhdiwala on Wednesday, the Punjab government forgot the sacrifice of state’s lone martyr among the national heroes -Sarwan Dass from Kittna village in Hoshiarpur. Martyr Sarwan Dass from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was the only soldier from Punjab among the 10 CRPF heroes who were martyred at the hands of Chinese Army on October 21, 1959 at Hot Springs in Ladakh. Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 in the memory of these 10 martyrs across the country.Recently, on Police Commemoration Day, CRPF Director General of Police (DGP) Darshan Lal Gola reached out to the family of Sarwan Dass in Kittna village and renamed a school as Shaheed Sarwan Dass Government Middle School in Kittna. The CRPF has also adopted the school and would provide bus service to ferry students to educational and recreational trips. The family and village panchayat also inaugurated a small park in the memory of Sarwan Dass, where his statue was installed in the village. They also inaugurated a small memorial in the memory of Sarwan Dass at his house.Infact, the family of Sarwan Dass also came to know about the sacrifice of their uncle in 2015 after which they were approached by the CRPF authorities. “We started gathering information about our uncle and constructed a memorial in the village”, said Amarjit Singh, the son of Dass’s younger brother. On the other hand, Governor VP Singh Badnore reached Khalsa College Gardhiwala on Wednesday and paid tributes to ASI Amarjit Singh by launching the maiden Rs 11,000 scholarship in his memory for the topper. ASI Amarjit Singh was martyred on December 8, 1989 while fighting militants in Chandigarh. Badnore said, “Every year, Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21. This time, it was decided that the state government would honour the martyrs at their ancestral places, and educational institutions where they studied.” ASI Amarjit Singh studied at Khalsa College Garhdiwala. He was deployed at Police Post-36 Chandigarh, when he was attacked by two militants on the night of December 8, 1989. The governor also honoured the wife and daughters of ASI Amarjit Singh and released a souvenir of martyrs on this occasion.Notably, Amarjit Singh was from Sarhala village in Gardhiwala. He was born on May 18, 1956. He joined Punjab Police as a Sepoy and he became an ASI on September 2, 1988. The Governor was accompanied by DGP Chandigarh Tejinder Singh Luthra. On the other hand, Sarwan Dass joined the CRPF just after two months of his marriage with Nasib Kaur but he never returned. Later, Nasib Kaur was married to Pargan Singh, the younger brother of Sarwan Dass, who now lives in the US. “The family learnt about the sacrifice of Sarwan Dass through a telegram but never got his body”, the family maintained.
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