Families of policemen killed in Mumbai terror attacks today lauded the people of Satara district in Western Maharashtra, from where brave heart Tukaram Ombale hailed, for setting up a befitting memorial for him and other 26/11 martyrs.
Justice P B Sawant, Special Public Prosecutor in 26/11 trial Ujjwal Nikam and family members of the martyrs attended the unveiling ceremony here along with Chairman of the Kisan Veer Cooperative sugar Factory, Madan Bhosale, who has set up the memorial in the factory premises.
Vinita Kamte, Smita Salaskar and Vandana, daughter of Tukaram Ombale, lauded Bhosale and the factory for setting up a 'permanent tribute' to the sacrifice of their loved ones.
The memorial, called Shaheed Smriti Udyan, comprises about 2,300 flower plants and also 18 large trees, one each for the 26/11 martyrs.
The memorial has a 28-feet-long and 18-feet high fibre plate, erected on a 60 feet by 40 feet map of Maharashtra. The plate has carvings of martyrs' faces.
Of the 18 security personnel killed during Mumbai terror attacks, five were from Satara district.
They included Ombale, constable Jaywant Dudhe-Patil, police sub-inspector Bapurao Durgude, Assistant Sub Inspector Balasaheb Bhosale and police constable Ambadas Pawar.
Omble, who lost his life but helped nab Ajmal Kasab alive, was a native of Kedambe village in Jawali taluka.