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Memorial for 26/11 attacks martyrs to be relocated from Marine Drive

According to reports, the work to relocate the memorial has already started and is likely to conclude by November 23, three days before the 12th anniversary of the attacks.

Memorial for 26/11 attacks martyrs to be relocated from Marine Drive
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After the 26/11 terrorist attacks, a memorial was constructed for the martyrs at the Police Gymkhana on Marine Drive. However, due to underground Metro work at Marine Drive, the memorial will be moved to the new commissioner’s office building at Mumbai Police’s headquarters near Crawford Market.

According to reports, the work to relocate the memorial has already started and is likely to conclude by November 23, three days before the 12th anniversary of the attacks. Officials also said that the memorial will remain at the new place permanently.

Memorials for 26/11 attacks martyrs have been constructed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Colaba, Cama Hospital and Girgaum Chowpatty, with the Police Gymkhana one being the biggest in the city.

On November 26, like every year, the Maharashtra Governor, Chief Minister, deputy CM, Home Minister, chief secretary, director general of police, Mumbai Police commissioner and other top dignitaries of the state will pay their respects to the martyrs at the memorial.

Some of the prominent names who gave their life for the city and nation in the attacks include the then anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief of Maharashtra Hemant Karkare; Army major Sandeep Unnikrishnan; Mumbai Police additional commissioner Ashok Kamte; senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble.

The memorial, which is a tribute to the 18 personnel from the Mumbai Police, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP), Home Guards and National Security Guard (NSG) commandos martyred in the attacks, is maintained by the police force.

The terrorist attacks that took place in 2008, had left 166 people dead and several others injured. Ten terrorists from Pakistan entered the country’s financial capital through the sea route. However, after a four-day battle, one terrorist was captured alive, while the other nine were killed by the security forces.

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