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A memorial to 26/11 victims, an oath to fight terror

india Updated: Jan 31, 2009 00:48 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Two months after 10 men unleashed terror in Mumbai, beginning a 62-hour siege at one of Mumbai's busiest railway stations, the Central Railway (CR) has built a memorial to the victims of the carnage on the night of November 26.

The unveiling ceremony was held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), on Friday morning. January 30 is observed as Martyrs’ Day, as it is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

New CR General Manager Bharat Modgil unveiled the memorial plaque and placed a wreath on the black granite plaque as Railway Protection Force personnel conducted a parade.

“Today is Martyrs’ Day and this was the right day to pay homage to all those who lost their lives during the November terror attacks,” said chief CR spokesperson Shrinivas Mudgerikar.

“The battle against terrorism will continue” says the gold lettering on the 7-ft-tall plaque next to the stationmaster’s office in the main hall of the outstation train terminus.

CST suffered the most casualties during 26/11, with 56 people killed here.

Modgil had insisted on placing the memorial at that spot.

“This memorial will stand for years, to remind people not only of the terror attacks but also of those innocent people who were killed,” Mudgerikar said.

CR employees and citizens present maintained a two-minute silence in the memory of the victims.