26/11 anniversary: PM Modi pays tributes to victims, martyrs of India's worst-ever terror attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims and martyrs of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks on the 11th anniversary of the assault, one of the worst ever in India.

26/11 anniversary: PM Modi pays tributes to victims, martyrs of Indias worst-ever terror attack
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New Delhi, Nov 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims and martyrs of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks on the 11th anniversary of the assault, one of the worst-ever in India.


Addressing members of both Houses of Parliament on Constitution Day, he said that while November 26 is a happy occasion as India celebrates Constitution Day, it is also a reminder of the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008.


"I pay tributes to those killed in the Mumbai terror attacks," he said.


At least 166 people, including foreigners, were killed when 10 Pakistani terrorists of the LeT attacked five major sites in Mumbai, in the worst-ever terror attack in India.



Meanwhile, remembering the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday paid tributes to civilians and security personnel who risked their lives to protect people on this day in 2008.


PM Modi pays tributes to victims, martyrs


Urging people to fight terror unitedly, the chief minister said, she shared the grief of the bereaved families.



"Today is the 11th anniversary of 26/11 #MumbaiAttacks. Solemnly remembering those who lost their lives on that day. My thoughts with their families. Homage to the brave police officers, military, and civilians, who risked their lives to save people. Let us unitedly fight terror," Banerjee tweeted.


In one of the deadliest terror attacks in the country's history, 166 people, including security personnel and foreigners, were killed and over 300 injured when 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in Mumbai.


The mood at the wreath laying ceremony for 26/11 martyrs was sombre as policemen remembered their fallen comrades and family members of victims sought in vain to set aside their tears, 10 years after the worst-ever terror attack in India's history.



At an early morning solemn ceremony at Mumbai's 26/11 martyrs' memorial at Police Gymkhana on the Arabian Sea coast, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis laid wreaths as a police band paid their musical tribute at the 'Salutation Ceremony'.


Tributes were also paid at the memorial of assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale at Girgaum Chowpatty, a short distance away. It was at this spot that Ombale caught Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab alive while getting killed himself.





On November 26, 2008, Mumbai was attacked by 10 terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. In the mayhem that followed for the next three days, 166 people including 18 police officers and two NSG commandos were killed while 308 people were injured.


The then Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those martyred in the attack.




With Agencies


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