26/11 anniversary: Victims, martyrs remembered
On the fourth anniversary of the 26/11, people across different sectors of the society on Monday paid homage to the victims and martyrs of the Mumbai terror attacks.
A commemorative function was held at Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty on Monday morning to mark the occasion.
Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and several others paid floral tributes to those killed by the terrorists at the function.
Pertinently, a 26/11 memorial has been erected at the Gymkhana.
Apart from politicians, family members of the victims, security personnel, survivors and others were also present at the event.
According to reports, late ATS chief Hemant Karkare's wife and daughter of late encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, who died while fighting the terrorists, paid tribute at the memorial.
A peace march was organised in Mumbai on Sunday where Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary and American national Kia Scherr participated.
Pertinently, Scherr lost her husband Alan and daughter Naomi during the terror attacks in Mumbai.
Speaking to reporters, Scherr said: "True justice is restored when we join together as one unified whole to live in peace, compassion and love. An irritant has been removed from the city of Mumbai completing the unfinished chapter to the 26/11 tragedy."
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the city for the fourth anniversary of the attacks that comes close on the heels of the hanging of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist who was caught alive.
Ending a four-year-long judicial process, Kasab was hanged on Nov 21 morning, only four days before the fourth anniversary of the audacious strike from Pakistan-based terror groups that left 166 people dead and over 300 wounded.
Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted: "In remembrance of all those who lost their lives and all those who sacrificed theirs. 26/11. We shall never forget."
Actor Tusshar Kapoor posted: "No prayer is enough to express the emotion we have for our soldiers and civilians who fought the 26/11 crisis, a tragic eye opener for Mumbai!"
Actor Shahid Kapoor tweeted: "26/11 ..... A prayer for all the lives lost ... A day never to forget .. And a day pray never to be repeated."
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said: "In memory of friend that passed in terror attacks on Mumbai. 26/11. Listen, like a prayer in silence fr 2 mins."
Not just celebrities, netizens also remembered the victims and martyrs of the 26/11.
One Mugdha Singh tweeted: "A silent prayer in remembrance of all those who lost their lives and all those who sacrificed theirs. 26/11."
Another Rakessh said: "26/11 - A prayer for all the lives Lost ..A Day never to forget..And a day pray never to be Repeated !"
One Nakul Patel tweeted: "4 years since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks today. Let us remember the heroes that gave there lives to save others."
Another netizen Ravi Malhotra said: "My sincere condolences to families who suffered on this day26/11/2008 Mumbai attacks.May God give you strength to overcome the tragic loss."
Paying a tribute to the victims, one Sahil Tadvi tweeted: "26/11 a date we should all remember. Please spare two minutes and mourn for those who lost their lives during the attack."