Remembering the terrorist attack of 26/11 on Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is now fighting terrorism with new policies. PM Modi said the country would not forger the wounds of the terrorist attack.
Addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference, PM Modi said: “This day in 2008, terrorists from Pakistan attacked Mumbai. Many including foreign citizens, policemen died. I pay tributes to them. India can’t forget those wounds. Today India is fighting terrorism with new policies. I also bow down to our security personnel fighting terror.”
“We must remember when politics take over people and nation-first policies, the nation has to pay adversely in such situations.”
Mumbai attacked by Pakistani terrorists in 2008
Notably, on November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by sea route in Mumbai and opened fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others during a 60-hour siege in the city.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital and the Nariman House Jewish community centre, now renamed Nariman Light House, were some of the places targeted by the terrorists.
The then Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Mumbai’s Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble were among those killed in the attack. NSG commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was also killed while fighting the terrorists.
Nine terrorists were later killed by the security forces, including the National Security Guard (NSG). Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
Amit Shah pays tribute
Apart from PM Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah also paid tributes to people who lost their lives in the terror attack.
Amit Shah tweeted: “I pay tributes to all those who lost their lives in Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks and convey condolences to their families. Heartfelt tributes to the brave security personnel who faced the terrorists in these attacks. The nation will always be grateful to your bravery and sacrifice.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also paid tributes to the brave security personnel who lost their lives while fighting the terrorists.
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