Tributes paid to martyrs on 12th anniversary of 26 11 attack

    Mumbai, Nov 26 (PTI) Floral tributes were paid on
Thursday to the martyrs who laid down their lives while
fighting terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
    "Their sacrifice will never be erased from the memory
of time and history. Today, we pay tribute to our saviours
#2611Attack #2611Martyrs," Mumbai Police tweeted.
    Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief
Minister Uddhav Thackeray, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray paid their respects
at the newly-built memorial at the police headquarters in
south Mumbai.
    The martyrs' memorial has been relocated from the site
at Police Gymkhana in Marine Drive to the police headquarters
at Crawford Market because of the ongoing work on the Coastal
Road project, an official earlier said.
    The 12th anniversary of the deadly terror attack was
attended by a limited number of people in the wake of the
COVID-19 pandemic.
    Family members of some of the martyred police
personnel also paid tributes at the memorial.
    During the ceremony, the governor, chief minister and
the home minister met family members of some martyrs.
    Remebering their personnel killed in the attack, the
Maharashtra Police in a tweet said, "A tribute to the ones who
sacrificed their lives to safeguard the rest!"
    "Saluting the bravehearts whose sacrifice still
ignites the spirits of millions #2611Attack #2611Martyrs
#SalutingMartyrs," Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh
    NCP chief Sharad Pawar also paid tributes to the
policemen and other security personnel who laid their lives
during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and called for a resolve
to intensify the fight against terrorism.
    "Tributes to martyrs from the police and other
security forces who laid their lives in the 2008 Mumbai terror
attack. As we condole with the families who lost their near
ones in the attack, we should (also) resolve to intensify our
fight against terrorism," the former Union minister tweeted.
    On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists
from Pakistan arrived by sea route and opened fire, killing
166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring
several others during the 60-hour siege in Mumbai.
     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 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, 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 of the places targeted by terrorists.
    Nine terrorists were later killed by the security
forces, including the NSG, the country's elite commando force.
    Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured
alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.

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