India pays homage to brave martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai attack

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FILE: Mumbai: Children paint the portraits of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack martyrs as a tribute outside Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Photo - PTI

FILE: Mumbai: Children paint the portraits of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack martyrs as a tribute outside Taj Hotel in Mumbai.
Photo – PTI

India paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. 166 persons, civilians and security personnel, were killed in a dastardly terror attack on the financial capital in 2008 carried out by 10 terrorists from Pakistan over three days.

Prominent places like the iconic Taj Mahal hotel, the CSMT railway station and the Nariman House were targeted by the terrorists.

Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and a few state ministers laid wreaths at the police memorial in South Mumbai this morning and observed silence in memory of the bravehearts.

DGP Satish Mathur, Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and top police officials also paid tributes to the bravehearts.

Family members of those killed were among those who paid respect to the departed souls.

“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!” the Mumbai Police tweeted.

The financial capital was attacked by 10 terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, who came here by the sea route, on November 26, 2008.

In the mayhem that followed for the next three days, 166 people, including 18 police officers and two NSG commandos, were killed.

Nine of the terrorists were gunned down by security personnel, while the tenth one, Ajmal Kasab, was captured alive. He was later tried in a court and sentenced to death.

The 25-year-old terrorist was hanged in November 2012.

(With inputs from PTI)