MUMBAI, Nov 26 – Mumbai’s sorrow was tinged with some relief as solemn tributes were paid to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 terror attacks on its fourth anniversary, five days after the sole surviving perpetrator Ajmal Kasab was sent to the gallows, reports PTI.Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde led Mumbaikars in paying homage to the police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty at the Martyrs Memorial at Marine Lines.
Shinde’s cabinet colleague Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Home Minister R R Patil, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and family members of victims and heroes, also paid floral tributes to those felled during the three-day siege that brought the city to its knees on November 26, 2008.
Eighteen policemen including Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare had made the supreme sacrifice, gallantly fighting Kasab and his band of nine other LeT terrorists, indoctrinated and trained in Pakistan.
There was no uncontrolled outburst of emotions, no photographs of martyred policemen peering down from massive hoardings in bustling streets and no smart parade by the anti-terror force.
Though Kasab’s hanging at Yerawada prison in Pune came as a welcome relief for the average Mumbaikar, who felt justice had been finally done, there was a sense of unmitigated loss among the family members of the martyred policemen.
“My husband or Divya’s father will not come back with the hanging of Kasab,” said Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karkare.