Mumbai: Mumbai paused in its busy tracks yesterday to remember the 166 people who fell to the indiscriminate bullets of 10 Pakistani terrorists during a 60-hour siege, India’s most wounding terrorist attack, that began this day four years ago.
Brief commemorative events were held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, the Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe and the Nariman House, some of Mumbai’s most loved landmarks that were targeted by the 10 terrorists who sneaked into the megacity on the night of November 26, 2008, through the Arabian Sea route and landed at Colaba.
The main function to remember the martyrs and victims of the terror strike, which began on November 26, 2008, and continued till the afternoon of Nov 29, was held at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty where a permanent 26/11 memorial has been erected. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde laid wreaths and offered their homage at the memorial.
With them were Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, Minister of State for Home Satej Patil, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and other dignitaries who too offered floral tributes. The family members and relatives of the martyred policemen and security personnel as also of other victims of the terror attacks, and some of the survivors were also present on the occasion.
Five days ago, on November 21, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the mayhem, was hanged in a Pune jail, offering a new solace to Mumbaikars as they observed the fourth anniversary yesterday.IANS