A strong police force is needed to prevent terrorist attacks: Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray paid tribute on Thursday to the martyrs of the 11/26 Mumbai terror attack on its 12th anniversary, saying that the police force must be so strong that terrorists do not dare to attack the state. or its capital.
Speaking at the Maharashtra police headquarters here after paying floral tributes to the martyrs, Thackeray said that although the state is facing a financial crisis, his government will take all measures to strengthen the police force.
Earlier, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh, and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray also paid their respects to the martyrs, who died fighting terrorists during the November 26, 2008 attack on the newly constructed monument. at the police headquarters in South Mumbai.
The wives of some of the staff members who died in the 11/26 attack inaugurated the gallery of martyrs at the state police headquarters here.
On the occasion, Thackeray released a coffee table book, titled ‘True Grit’ about the work of the Maharashtra police during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We must make our force so strong that the idea of an attack on Maharashtra and Mumbai does not occur to the terrorists, they must not dare to attack the state and Mumbai. If any terrorist shows up, they should be killed on the spot, ”he said.
“We woke up with the strengthening of the police force after the terrorist attack on 11/26. As we made the necessary arrangements for health facilities after the Covid-19 outbreak, we can also work to strengthen our police force, ”he said.
Thackeray remembered the day of the attack in 2008 when he was touring Dhule and Nashik for election rallies.
“After obtaining information about the attack, I called the police inspector Vijay Salaskar and he told me that he had just arrived at his house and that he was running back to the scene,” he recalled.
“Then I made two or three calls to him. When he answered the call, Salaskar said that he was in front of the Taj Mahal hotel and that the police force will enter after a survey, “said the prime minister.
Salaskar was later killed while fighting with the terrorists.
“Later, I made several calls to Salakar, and to this day, he has not answered the call,” the CM said with an emotional note.
“When I arrived in Nashik, I received the shocking news, which I could not have imagined,” he said, adding that the scars from the deadly attack are “irreparable.”
People should know in what conditions police personnel are working, what is the meaning of police, what is their life, he said, adding that the concept of gallery of martyrs should also be extended to other major cities in the state.
On the occasion, the state Interior Minister, Anil Deshmukh, called the 11/26 terror attack a “national crisis.”
“The black face of the neighboring country (Pakistan) came to light after the police captured one of the terrorists (Ajmal Kasab) alive,” he added.
At least 797 Maharashtra Police personnel have been killed in various operations, including Naxal attacks, terrorist attacks, communal riots and other official duties from 1965 to 2020, according to state police.
The 12th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack was attended by a limited number of people in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Relatives of some of the martyred policemen also paid tribute at the monument.
During the ceremony, the Governor, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior met with relatives of some martyrs.
“His sacrifice will never be erased from the memory of time and history. Today, we pay tribute to our saviors # 2611Attack # 2611Martyrs, ”Mumbai police tweeted.
Remembering their personnel killed in the attack, the Maharashtra Police said in a tweet: “A tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the rest!” “Saluting the brave whose sacrifice still ignites the spirits of millions # 2611Attack # 2611Martyrs #SalutingMartyrs,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh tweeted.
The head of the CPN, Sharad Pawar, also paid tribute to the policemen and other members of the security personnel who gave their lives during the Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008 and called for a determination to intensify the fight against terrorism.
“Tributes to the martyrs of the police and other security forces who gave their lives in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. As we stand in solidarity with the families who lost their relatives in the attack, we should (also) resolve to intensify our fight against terrorism, ”the former Union minister tweeted.
On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists from Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba arrived by sea and opened fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several more during the 60-hour siege in Mumbai.
The then Chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar and Assistant Deputy Inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble were among the killed in the attack.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, and the Nariman House Jewish Community Center, now renamed Nariman Light House, were some of the locations targeted by the terrorists.
Subsequently, nine terrorists were killed by security forces, including the NSG, the country’s elite command force.
Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later, on November 21, 2012.