Sports Reporter JAMMU: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) emerged overall champion while hostJammu and Kashmir Police won the Brass Band trophy in the 19th All India Police Band Competition, held under the aegis of All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB), amidst soothing musical presentations at Gulshan Ground here on Friday. In the valedictory function, Advisor to the Governor, K.K Sharma was the Chief Guest, who presented the title trophies to the first three position holders and other individual prizes for best performers. Speaking to the gathering, the Advisor said that J&K Police is doing a challenging task of maintaining peace and order in hostile situations. He said that the force, despite multifarious duties is also excelling in the field of sports and related activities. He elaborated the importance of Band in the history of police forces and said that the Band symbolises the excellence of a force. Additional Director AIPSCB, Pranab Nanda complimented the J&K Police for hosting the competition in a befitting manner. While highlighting the importance of the police band, Nanda underlined the history and evolution and development of the police bands in India. He said that these bands through their tunes reflect the Indian culture. Condolence for snow avalanche victims Earlier, at the very outset, the DGP of host, J&K Police, Dilbag Singh expressed condolence on the unfortunate incident of snow avalanche at Jawahar Tunnel which took human lives including those of J&K Police personnel. A two-minute silence was observed by the gathering to pay tributes to the departed souls. He mentioned that despite inclement weather all the events were held in the competition and all the teams representing their respective states and forces showed their best. He congratulated the winners and thanked the participating teams for their discipline and performance. The DGP said that J&K Police was proud to host the competition second time. He appreciated the efforts of the organising committee for conducting the competition in a befitting manner. Mushtaq, Gajanan best Conductors As per the results declared by the jury of experts, the contingent of CRPF emerged overall champion. Band Master of J&K Police, SI Mushtaq Ahmad was declared best Brass Band conductor while Constable, Gajanan Andhare of Maharashtra Police was adjudged best Pipe Band conductor. In team events of Bugle calls, CRPF, Tamil Nadu Police and ITPB bagged first, second and third places respectively. Similarly, in Pipe Band competition, Maharashtra Police emerged winner while Assam Rifles and CRPF remained runners up and third (hardliner) respectively. In Brass Band, J&K Police bagged the title trophy, second place went to CRPF while BSF finished third. Special memento was presented to all women Pipe Band team of Jharkhand. Later, ADGP Armed and organising secretary, AK Choudhary thanked all participating teams and the managing staff for their cooperation in conducting the event in a smooth manner. He also thanked the other committee members for their cooperation in making the arrangements for the event. The closing ceremony was attended by Police Wives Welfare Association (PWWA) members, a galaxy of Army, CAPF, civil, retired and serving police officers. Meanwhile, DGP hosted a dinner for all the organising committee, sub-committee members, team managers, technical experts and other officers, who remained associated with the conduct of this competition. The DGP also felicitated the team managers and presented them mementoes. The DGP handed over mementoes to team managers for the DGPs of their respective states/CPOs as a token of love from the J&K Police.
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