Mumbai yesterday paid homage to the heroes and victims of the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008 that left 166 people dead.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the main commemoration at the 26/11 memorial in the Police Gymkhana in the morning, along with his cabinet colleagues and senior police officers.
He paid homage to policemen who lost their lives during the 60-hour-long operation that began on the night of November 26, 2008 when 10 Pakistani gunmen laid siege to south Mumbai.
Besides Fadnavis, Director General of Police Pravin Dixit, Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed and other police officials, families of the martyrs and others who were killed in action were present.
Similar memorial services were held during the day at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Cama Hospital and at Girgaum Chowpatty where braveheart Tukaram Ombale was killed while helping nab one of the terrorists - M Ajmal Kasab - alive early on November 27.
To mark the seventh anniversary, Mumbai Congress president and a local municipal corporator named a square after home guards officer Mukesh Jadhav, who fell to a terrorist’s bullet near St George Hospital on November 26.
Jadhav, 23, was on patrol duty between the main and local railway lines at CST when he suddenly came face-to-face with one of the terrorists who shot him in the chest.
Despite being shot, he stumbled to inform the police about the attacks which resulted in saving lives of hundreds of commuters.
On Wednesday evening, as part of the Global Peace Initiative, celebrities joined a Walk For Peace along with children in central Mumbai and paid homage to the heroes and victims of the 26/11 attacks.
Ten Pakistani gunmen sneaked into Mumbai from the Arabian Sea late evening on November 26 and targeted 12-odd prime locations in south Mumbai spread barely over a 5km area and created mayhem for 60 hours.
The targets were: Colaba, CST, Leopold Cafe, Chabad House, Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Hotel Trident Oberoi, near Metro Cinema, Cama and Albless Hospital, behind the BMC headquarters, Mazagaon Docks area, Vile Parle, and at Girgaum Chowpatty.
Among the security officials martyred in gunfights with the terrorists included police officers Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, API Tukaram Ombale, Shashank Shinde, commandos Major Sanjeep Unnikrishnan and Gajendra Singh, a trooper, both of the elite National Security Guard.
Meanwhile, families three fishermen who went missing when the gunmen hijacked their boat have asked the government to declare the men dead and provide compensation.
The heavily-armed fighters hijacked the MV Kuber three days before they mounted the attacks.
The body of captain Amarsinh Solanki was found, but those of the four crew, all from Gujarat, were never located.
Their relatives have still not been able to claim the government compensation of Rs1mn (around $15,000) for the loss of their loved-ones.
Under Indian law, a person whose body has not been found can only be declared dead once they have been missing for over seven years.
Yesterday around a dozen relatives of three of the four missing crew - Natwar Rathod, Mukesh Rathod, who are not related, and Balvant Tandel - approached authorities in Gujarat to ask for their death certificates.
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