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CRPF celebrated 55th CRPF Valour Day on 9 April
CRPF celebrated 55th CRPF Valour Day on 9 April

The 55th CRPF Valour Day commemorates the defence of the Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch at the onset of the India-Pakistan War of 1965.

10 April 2020 Current Affairs:The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated the 55th CRPF Valour Day (Shaurya Diwas) on 9 April 2020. On the occasion, President of India Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to police martyrs at National Police Memorial in New Delhi.

CRPF Valour Day or Shaurya Diwas:
♦ The 55th CRPF Valour Day commemorates the defence of the Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch at the onset of the India-Pakistan War of 1965.
♦ On the night of 8 and 9 April 1965, nearly 3500 men from the 51st Infantry of Pakistani Army invaded India at Sardar Post with a mission to capture the Indian territory defended by Sardar Post. The Pakistani Army comprised 18 Punjab Battalion, 8 Frontier Rifles, and 6 Baluch battalions.
♦ The post was guarded by two battalions of CRPF, roughly 150 soldiers. Compared to the Pakistani Army, the CRPF soldiers were no match in terms of an arsenal. Additionally, the terrain was disadvantageous for the defending forces.
♦ A fight ensued in which the Pakistani Army made three attempts to overrun the post. The battle lasted for 12 hours. In the end, the Pakistani Army fled the battleground leaving behind 34 of their men dead and CRPF lost six of its brave soldiers. Ever since the day has been celebrated by the CRPF as the Valour Day or Shaurya Diwas.

CRPF:
Formed on: 27 July 1939
Headquarters: New Delhi
Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs
Agency executive: A P Maheshwari
CRPF functions under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The CRPF is considered as the largest paramilitary force in India.