Date : 28th October 2021 Time : 1700 hrs

Today the brave-heart martyrs of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were remembered with pride & reverence by NDRF at the National Police Memorial (NPM), Chankyapuri, New Delhi by organizing a day long ceremony.

Officers and families of NDRF personnel joined the family members of the martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty and paid homage at the ‘Wall of Valour’ at the National Police Memorial, followed by felicitation of their next-of-kin. DG NDRF laid wreath at the memorial in the presence of families of NDRF brave-hearts and other dignitaries. A band display, visit of museum at NPM, and an audio visual show on India’s Freedom Struggle, Sacrifice, Valour & Services of the CAPF was also on the occasion.

NDRF since its inception in year 2006, has always proved its mettle in the realm of disaster response & Disaster Risk Reduction. NDRF rescuers have saved millions of lives in various disasters and always committed to its motto “Aapda Sewa Sadaiv Sarvatra”.

At the altar of duty, till now, 12 NDRF personnel have attained martyrdom. During the Uttarakhand Cloud Burst-2013, a team of 9 NDRF personnel were engaged along with NDRF teams in the rescue and evacuation of pilgrims stranded in the high ridges of the mountain at Kedarnath. The team displayed exemplary dedication and devotion in the highest traditions of NDRF. The men worked under tremendous strenuous condition and rescued thousands of pilgrims. After accomplishing the assigned task, while returning, the chopper they were on board, unfortunately crashed near Gaurikund. All the 09 NDRF brave-hearts made the supreme sacrifice of their lives.

During the Kumbh Mela-2019, NDRF brave-heart Rajendra Gautam while saving an elderly lady from drowning in the Sangam made a similar highest sacrifice of his life. In year 2020, NDRF rescuers Muppasani Dinakar and in year 2021 Nongthombam Binoy Meetei also attained martyrdom while performing their duty in disaster.

Issued By: PR Cell, NDRF HQ, New Delhi