Barinder Saluja, Chandigarh,Dec. 08 : The Punjab Governor, Sh. Shivraj V. Patil today conferred President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service and Police Medals for Meritorious Service upon the 48 Punjab police personnel in an impressive investiture ceremony held first time here at Punjab Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor underlined the need to chalk out an immediate plan to counter the challenges of radiological, chemical and biological weapon usage in near future as per the intelligence gathered by the International agencies. He said that time has come to upgrade weaponry, training methodology and communication equipment of the state police forces to prepare the forces to meet the growing challenges of rapidly changing crime patterns especially white collared crimes and ever increasing usage of technology by criminals.
The Governor further asked for specialized training of Police officers and men so that there should be a specialized set up to deal with different type of crimes. He said that the State police must have its specialized units for effective traffic management, mob control, neutralizing terrorists and other hard core criminals, ensuring law and order situation and others responsibilities undertaken by the force.
The Governor pointed out that the Punjab Police had made a mark itself by crushing decade long terrorism in the State with most professional acumen and made innumerable sacrifices during this war against terrorism. Appreciating the Punjab Police for the exemplary efficiency and gallantry displayed by it while fighting sponsored terrorism in Punjab, the Governor cautioned the State police against any complacency as it has a long international border besides a hostile neighbour.
The Governor said that it becomes imperative to change the public perception of Police and it was only possible by instilling the sense of security amongst common masses and listening to their grievances in a sympathetic manner.
Congratulating the medal recipients, the Governor pointed out that their bravery and dedication to the service has been recognized by the nation and he was also feeling proud to honour such decorated officers with President’s Police Medal for distinguished services and police medal for meritorious services.
Earlier, Punjab DGP Mr. P.S. Gill welcomed the Punjab Governor and congratulated medal recipients for their rare feat. He said that the Punjab police during its 150 years’ history have passed through many difficult times and always boldly withstood the challenges of time proved victorious and successful. He said that the Punjab police emerged as one of the bravest and competent police force of the country which effectively handled the most dreadful phase of terrorism. He said that to ensure better professional functioning it becomes imperative that appreciation and honour to be bestowed upon the thoroughly devoted and hard working police personnel in suitable ways. Mr. S.K. Sharma, ADGP/HRD & C.P. (TRG) proposed a vote of thanks on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service has been conferred upon Sh. Lok Nath Angra, IPS, SSP/Gurdaspur now DIG Bathinda Range, Sh. Pawan Kumar Uppal, PPS, SP, RTC, JRC, Sh. Braham Paul, PPS, AIG/CI, Punjab; Sh. Jagtar Singh, PPS, DSP 343/PAP/PPA/PHR and ASI Gurdev Singh 20/ Khanna, PS Sahnewal, Ludhiana City.
Similarly, Police Medal for Meritorious Service has been conferred upon Mr. B.K. Garg, IPS, IGP/Security, Punjab, Mr S.S. Chauhan, IPS, DIG, Jalandhar Range now IGP(Hqrs.), Mr. R.N.Dhoke, IPS, DIG/Int.-II, Punjab now Addl. Commissioner of Security, ( Civil Aviation), Bureau of Civil Aviation, Security, New Delhi, Mr. P.K. Sinha, IPS, SP, now Deputy Director, SVP, NPA, Hyderabad, Mr. Kamal Kumar, PPS, SP/Z, crime, Jalandhar, Mr. Makhan Singh, PPS, AIG, Counter Intelligence, Amritsar, Mr. Mandeep Singh, PPS,SP/ Excise & Taxation, Punjab, Mr. Gurdev Singh, PPS, SP PSHRC, Chandigarh, Mr. Inder Mohan Singh, PPS, SSP Mukatsar, Mr. Opinderjit Singh Ghuman,PPs, AIG, Counter-Intelligence, Jalandhar, Mr. Ashwani Kapoor, PPS, AIG/Personnel-II, Mr. Avtar Singh, PPS, DSP 298/PAP PRTC/JKN, Mr. Narinder Singh Rana, PPS, DSP, North Ludhiana City, Mr. Hardevinder Singh, PPS, DSP/Rural, Patiala, Mr. Dharm Singh Uppal, PPS, SP/Operation, SBS Nagar, Mr. Des Raj, PPS, DSP,Vigilance Bureau Unit, Bathinda, Mr. Balraj Singh Gill, PPS, ACP/Sahnewal, Ludhiana City, Mr. Lakhbir Singh, PPS, DSP, CID Unit, SAS Nagar, L/Inspr. Leela Devi, 1198/BTI Incharge Women Cell DPO, Jalandhar, Inspr. Mohinder Lal, 7/PPA, Phillaur, Inspr. Jagir Singh, 138/PAP CID Unit, Amritsar, Inspr. Ranjodh singh, 17/PR, Reader to DGP/Prison, Punjab, Inspr. Dilbagh Singh, 407/PAP, PPa, Phillaur, Inspr. Sukhjit Singh No. 388/PR, Incharge Training School, Fatehgarh Sahib, SI/ Inspr. Kabal Singh, 75/66, O/o AIG/CI/Amritsar, SI Sohan Lal, 800/PAP, RTC, PAP, JRC, SI Mohinder Pal, 217/PAP, PPA/PHR, SI Bahadur Singh, 837/PAP, RTC, Jalandhar, SI Amrik Singh, No. 472/W, O/o IGP Training Punjab, SI Deepak Rai, No. 771/PAP, Intelligence Hqrs., Punjab, SI Manjit Singh, 2012/Batala, PRTC, Jahan Khelan, SI Ashok Kumar, No. 884/PAP, 5th IRB, Amritsar, SI(Adhoc) Kulbir Singh, 16/RTC, PRTC/JKN, SI(LR) Kartar Singh, 262/LDH, Police Lines,Ludhiana City, Late ASI Hardev Singh, 380/ASR(R), ASI Harpal Singh, 2335/PAP, O/o ADGP/IVC-cum-HR, Punjab, ASI Sukhpal Singh, 57/PTL,PS city Rajpura, HC Satpal Singh, 249/JGN, LDH( R ), HC Balwant Rai, 7/PPA, PPA/PHR, HC Baldev Raj, 506/ GSP Police Control Room, Gurdaspur, HC Devinder Kumar, 988/LDH( R ), DPO, LDH ( R), HC Inder Mohan, 158/PTL, Accounts, Fatehgarh Sahib and HC Harjit Singh , 35/Moga, Police Lines, Moga.