New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the tricolour at Red Fort in the national capital on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of the ‘Azad Hind government’ headed by Subhash Chandra Bose. He also dedicated the National Police Memorial (NPM), erected on 6.12 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, to the nation in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by police personnel since Independence and even laid the foundation stone of Azad Hind Fauj museum.

Addressing the gathering at Red Fort, PM Modi remembered Subhash Chandra Bose and said, “Netaji had promised an India where everyone has equal rights and equal opportunities. He had promised a prosperous nation which was proud of its traditions, development in all areas. He had promised to uproot ‘divide and rule’. Even after so many years those dreams remain unfulfilled.”

He also slammed the previous UPA government and alleged that it promoted only one family and ignored the contribution of Netaji and other icons of India.

Earlier in the day, while addressing the gathering at Police Commemorative Day celebrations, PM Modi lauded the police force for its selfless service towards the nation. “Police personnel have been fighting with enemies of country and giving befitting reply to those who are spreading terrorism,” he said. Adding further, he asserted, “It is the result of your alertness that the elements which create unrest are unsuccessful in their attempts. The attempts to create fear and insecurity in the nation were foiled by you. The peace prevalent in the nation is possible only due to your services.”

Remembering the jawans who put guard at border in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, “It is the day to remember every jawan who maintains law and peace in Jammu and Kashmir and fights against terrorism. Jawans on duty in Naxal-affected areas are doing a great service. It’s also due to them that number of Naxal affected districts are going down and youth is coming to mainstream.”

PM Modi got emotional while remembering the sacrifice made by the jawans of the country. He said, “Country will never forget sacrifice made by our police personnel.” He also criticised the previous government for delay in establishing National Police Memorial. “Why it took 70 years after Independence to get the memorial into reality, why it took so long time even after 60 years of the Hot Spring day incident which is celebrated as Police Commemoration Day?” he questioned.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leader LK Advani paid tributes to the policemen killed in an ambush at Hot Springs by Chinese troops in 1959. Every year, October 21 is observed as the Police Commemoration Day in the memory of the martyred policemen.

The National Police Memorial represents all State/UT Police Forces and Central Police Organizations of the country. Its central sculpture is a 30 feet monolith made of a single piece of granite, weighing 238 tonnes. Its weight and colour symbolise the gravitas and solemnity of the supreme sacrifice. A 60 foot long river at the base of the sculpture reflects the continuous self-service of the policeman and woman, to maintain peace and public order. The Wall of Valour has the names of all 34,844 martyrs engraved on granite.