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Memorial Tower for the martyrs of 9 IRB

Memorial tower for the martyrs of the ‘Daring Ninth.’ Names of the martyrs inscribed at the base of the memorial at Saijang, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jul 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Jul. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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Nine years after the first casualty of the unit was recorded, a memorial tower for the martyrs of the ‘Daring Ninth’ IRB was inaugurated by Director General of Police, Nagaland, K Kire IPS on Wednesday at the battalion’s headquarter, Saijang. The function was also attended by relatives of the martyrs along with other senior police officials. Speaking at function DGP K Kire IPS said he was humbled and at the same time, sad while that he could not contribute anything towards making of the tower since he was not aware of it. Kire congratulated the commandant, officer and ranks for building the tower and expressed pride at the unit’s decision to bear the entire cost of construction. Pointing out that the IRB was comprised of all the tribes of Nagaland, Kire said the ‘Daring Ninth’ was not Naga Police but Naga force. It may be mentioned that the idea of employing all the tribes of Nagaland in the IRB according to the 1991 census was proposed by the Kire himself. Terming the loss of lives of personnel in the line of duty as extreme sacrifice,Kire said he was proud of their achievements and lauded the parents for giving the police such brave children. Responding to the requests of parents and relatives of the martyrs to take them to Chattisgarh, Kire assured he would look into it. The DG also suggested converting the area around the tower into a memorial park. Father of late Sarohotho Kajiry, Assistant Commandant, speaking on behalf of the deceased personnel said the sacrifice was his son’s contribution and requested the gathering to remember all the martyrs in their prayers. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bastar Zone, Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh) T J Longkumer IPS, could not attend the function due the volatile situation in Chattisgarh but his speech was read out by chairperson, Deputy Commandant, 9 NAP (IR) Iherie Ndang. In his speech Longkumer expressed condolences to the bereaved family while at the same time said the sacrifices made by the personnel of the unit made the Naxalites tremble in fear when they hear the word ‘Naga Force’. He also recalled the last dinner shared with Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) Sarhotho, Armed Branch Sub Inspector (ABSI) Apong and the jawans in Bhairamgargh one day before their heroic deaths. He also recalled the patrol party that he had led along with ABSI H K Sumi and the jawans in Pharsegarh. “Weep not my friends in sorrow but sing instead in joy. For the deeds of these men shall forever be remembered in stone long after we have gone the way of flesh”, Longkumer said. Earlier the welcome speech was given Commandant, 9 NAP (IR) Joseph Hesso while special numbers dedicated to the martyrs were presented by Tako’s group and students of the unit school. The tower was designed by Er Wati and Er Sato having a triangular base representing the foundation of the battalion based on the unit’s aim to give security, service and sacrifice. The triangular tower denoted all the three major faiths of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam while the holes on the side of the tower symbolized the emptiness created by the loss of their comrades. It may be mentioned that 9 NAP (IR) is the first IR battalion raised in Nagaland on April1, 1999 with Chakabama as its headquarters. The battalion was sent to Chattisgarh on June 20, 2005 with present Dimapur SP Liremo as the Commanding officer. The 9 IRB has an awesome reputation as a crack fighting force and brought laurels not only to Nagaland but also served as inspiration to all other units. It lost twenty of its men including an Assistant Commandant during operations against Naxalites in Chhattisgarh.

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