Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday recalled the brave fight of policemen against terrorists during the Mumbai attacks on this day eight years ago. Speaking at a three-day DGP conference at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy on the outskirts of Hyderabad , Modi said, “It was on this day in 2008, the day that a deadly terror attack had struck Mumbai and our police officials fought bravely.’’
He also remembered more than 33,000 police personnel who have laid down their lives in the line of duty over the decades. He said the annual DGP meet has become a platform for sharing experiences, which provide good inputs for policy planning.
The Prime Minister said the development of soft skills is now essential, and should become a part of the training drill. Aspects such as human psychology and behavioural psychology should be vital parts of police training, he added. The Prime Minister said leadership skills are important, and the onus lies on senior officers to inculcate these skills among police personnel.
On the subject of law and order, he emphasised the importance of foot patrolling and constabulary intelligence. He said technology and human interface are vital for the police force’s progress. After launching a mobile app — Indian Police At Your Call — Modi presented President’s Police Medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau.
Earlier, he participated in a yoga session with top police officers. The one-hour session in the lawns of the academy, which started at 7am, was attended by nearly 170 police officers, including DGPs of 29 states and Union Territories, Intelligence chiefs, IGPs, Paramilitary heads and other senior officers.
After the yoga session, the Prime Minister had breakfast with the police officers. He offered tributes to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and laid wreaths at the Martyrs Column.
Modi planted a sapling on the academy premises, and inspected facilities for training. He flew back to New Delhi later in the evening.
Officials said that during the conference, Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with heads of police forces on issues like cross-border terrorism, radicalisation, left-wing extremism, cyber crime and police reforms. NSA Ajit Doval was also present in the meetings.