On the 7th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the nation remembers those who gave their lives in the deadly attacks. Several leaders including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives while fighting terrorists who had attacked Mumbai in 2008.
“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 at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to pay “rich tributes to the innocent who were killed in 26/11 attack”. He said “let’s take a pledge we will not allow enemies of humanity to live on the earth”.
CM Chouhan also paid tribute to slain Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukarma Omble and other valiant policemen who laid down their lives fighting terrorists on the fateful day.
On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists belonging to Pakistan arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others. Significant places of Mumbai- 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. The attack had begun on 26 November and lasted for the next three days.
The only attacker who was captured alive was Ajmal Kasab. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
Even as India paid tribute to those who dies, UN chief Ban Ki-moon raised his voice against perpetrators of terror attacks. He said they “must be brought to justice” replying to a question on the need for Pakistan to do more to check the terror outfits operating from its soil.
The UN chief underscored that terrorism has become a “significant threat” to international peace and security, he said the scourge is causing huge losses every day, as evidenced by the recent horrific attacks in places such as Lebanon and Paris.
“Member States must work together towards curbing and eradicating this menace,” he said. He also underlined that improved ties between India and Pakistan could stem the threat posed by terrorism.
The masterminds of the 26/11 attacks are yet to face justice with the case in a Pakistan court dragging on.
55-year-old Lakhvi, the operations chief of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was arrested in Pakistan in 2009, months after 166 people were killed by 10 gunmen who launched multiple attacks in Mumbai.
A close relative of LeT founder and Jamaat-Ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi walked free from a Pakistani jail in April after spending nearly six years in detention, a day after a High Court suspended his detention under a security act.
India strongly objected his release from prison, with India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji writing a letter to the Chair of the UNSC Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee saying it violates the provisions of the committee concerning al-Qaeda and associated individuals and entities.
India also pointed out that as a listed terrorist, Lakhvi can neither receive or give money since all his assets and financial resources have to be frozen. Any bail money posted for Lakhvi is also a violation of the provisions of the sanctions committee since he is listed terrorist.
(With inputs from PTI)