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Tributes paid to martyrs on 26/11 Mumbai attacks anniversary

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with other ministers and the Mumbai Police, on Thursday paid homage to the martyrs on the seventh anniversary of the horrific terror attack of 26/11.

AIATF chairman M S Bitta along with other members of his organisation visited the Police Gymkhana, the Omble Statue at Chowpatty, Trident hotel at Nariman Point, Cafe Leopold in Colaba, Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where the terror attacks had taken place in 2008, and paid tributes to the victims.

“After seven years of 26/11, Mumbai, India and our borders have become much safer. But, the government needs to be more alert regarding ISIS, after the recent incident of the alleged desecration of the holy book of Sikhs,” Bitta told PTI.

“The attacks like the one we witnessed in Paris recently should not repeated again. The government also needs to create an anti-terrorist military court,” he said.

On this day in 2008, ten Pakistani terrorists had arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores of rupees. The attack had begun on 26 November and lasted until 29 November.

The then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai’s Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those killed.

Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.

The entire Mumbai city has been put on alert and security has been beefed up at key installations in the city.

Martyrs will be remembered and paid homage at various locations in the city.

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