The entire nation is remembering the victims and martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its eighth anniversary today, with various events being help across the country to honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the ghastly attack.
On this day in 2008, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists arrived in Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carried out series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city.
The attacks lasted four days killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring over 300.
Then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai’s Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those killed in the attack.
The attack had begun on 26 November and lasted until 29 November. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre were some of the places targeted by the terrorists.
Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive following the attack and was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
CM, dignitaries and cops pay respect to martyrs
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai earlier today.
“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 safety and security of our state,” Fadnavis said.
The guests also included the widows, orphans and other family members of the victims.
Governor C H Vidyasagar Rao, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar, former Mumbai police commissioners Julio Ribeiro, M N Singh and several senior and former police officers also paid homage.
Events organized throughout the city to pay tribute to victims
Public Concern for Governance Trust(PCGT) an NGO, in association with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), is organising an event, “Unity in diversity-together we remember 26/11”, at NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Theatre today.
Governor C H Vidyasagar Rao, will chair the performance by Symphony Orchestra of India, music and dance by arts division of Bharat Soka Gakkai, screening of short film titled Hum Sab Ek Hain, while students of Anjuman-I-Islam’s Girls High School will present a patriotic song.
Union Power Minister Piyush Goel will also be paying tribute to the victims of the attack. Students of Mithibai College too have organised a peace march to commemorate the memory of the martyrs of the 26/11 attack.
Noted designer Archana Kocchar will be displaying her collection at a fashion show in Mumbai as a mark to pay tribute to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.Back to latest news