Mumbai tributes to the martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack on its 11th anniversary: The 2008 Mumbai attack ‘26/11’, the miserable terrorist attack which shook India and the world apart when 10 members based in Pakistan, of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organisation, carried out a sequence of 12 synchronized firing and bombing attacks which last four days across Mumbai.
On its ninth anniversary, in the memory of martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack rich tributes were given yesterday to those who sacrificed their lives fighting against the terrorists during the terrorist attack in Mumbai.
Various events was organised in the city including a `Salutation Ceremony’ by the city police. Yesterday morning, C Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Governor , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and some other state ministers laid garlands at the police memorial in South Mumbai and observed silence in remembrance of the courageous hearts. At Shahid Smarak, the Mumbai police have prepared the `Salutation Ceremony’ at the Police Gymkhana at Marine Lines.
The Mumbai Police on twitter tweeted “To the 166 lives lost…to over 239 injured…to the innumerable memories etched on the firmament forever and to Mumbai, the city which picked up its pieces and started stronger than ever – A Salute and A Bow of Gratitude from Mumbai Police!”
Various government officials such as Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, DGP Satish Mathur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Datta Padsalgikar (city police commissioner), other ministers, senior administrators, police executives and the family members of martyrs were present yesterday in order to pay their respect to those who were killed in the attack.
Hundreds of people also paid their tributes at the different places in the South Mumbai which was targeted by Pakistani terrorists, along with St Xavier’s College where ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Inspector Vijay Salaskar were killed by the terrorist. Other places where people showed their tribute were Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Taj Hotel at the Gateway of India, Cafe Leopold, and Rang Bhavan Lane near Cama Hospital.
According to inquiries of 26/11 by the investigation team it was concluded that the attackers travelled by sea from Karachi, Pakistan, across the Arabian Sea. They in between hijacked the Indian fishing boat and killed all the 4 crew members, then they forced the captain to sail to Mumbai. Before reaching Mumbai they murdered the captain by slitting his throat and entered Mumbai on a rubber dinghy. They then attack various places in Mumbai.
In 26th November 2008, eight of the attacks happened at different places in South Mumbai which were Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, The Oberoi Trident, The Taj Palace & Tower, Cama Hospital, The Metro Cinema, The Nariman House Jewish community centre, Leopold Cafe, Behind “Times of India” building and St. Xavier’s College.
It was shocking as well as a depressing day for Indian people which ended 29th November 2008 leaving scars on Indian people’s hearts. By the end of this continuous nonstop violence 164 people died and 308 were wounded.
All the nine gunmen were killed by the Indian force and the only surving attacker Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was arrested and was bring to the custody. On 3rd May 2010, Kasab was found guilty of the murder, conspiracy and conducting war on India on the Mumbai attack. Later, on 21st November 2012, Kasab was hanged till death at 7:30 a.m. in an Indian prison.