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Tributes paid on 11th anniversary of 26/11 attack

Dignitaries and family members of the policemen who lost their lives during the attacks were also present during the ceremony.

November 26, 2019 / 12:24 PM IST
Image: CSMT (PTI)

Image: CSMT (PTI)

Floral tributes were paid on November 26 to commemorate those who laid down their lives defending Mumbai during the 26/11 attack by Pakistani terrorists 11 years ago.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was among the dignitaries who paid homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.

"I pay homage to the brave policemen who fought for Mumbai's safety and laid down their lives for us on 26/11. We are proud of them and we will strive hard for the safety and security of our state," Fadnavis said.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also paid his tributes.

State Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Director General of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve, and family members of the policemen who lost their lives during the attacks were also present during the ceremony.

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On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores.

The then Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai's Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble were among those killed in the attack.

The attacks had begun on November 26 and lasted till November 29.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital and the Nariman House Jewish community centre, now renamed Nariman Light House, were some areas targeted by the terrorists.

Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.

Railway officials also laid wreaths at the 26/11 memorial site at CSMT, one of the targets of the terror attack.
PTI
first published: Nov 26, 2019 11:05 am

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