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Memorial for Ombale, 26/11 bravehearts in home district

india Updated: Apr 21, 2010 11:55 IST

People of Satara district in western Maharashtra, from where braveheart Tukaram Ombale hailed, have come up with a befitting memorial for him and other 26/11 martyrs.

The memorial, called Shaheed Smriti Udyan, will comprise about 2,300 flower plants and also 18 large trees, one each for the 26/11 martyr, Chairman of the Kisan Veer Cooperative sugar Factory, Madan Bhosale, told PTI in Bhuinj.

The memorial comprises an 18-feet high fibre plate, erected on a 60 feet by 40 feet map of Maharashtra, built in stone, in an area covering 1500 square feet.

Of the 18 security personnel killed during Mumbai terror attacks, five were from Satara district. They included Ombale, Jaywant Dudhe-Patil, police sub-inspector Bapurao Durgude, Assistant Sub Inpector 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. Durgude hailed from Bhirdachiwadi in Wai taluka.

The memorial has come up in the sugar factory premises. "The idea struck me on the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks and has materialised now," Bhosale, who has been controlling the factory for seven years, said.