For the Central Railway, November 26 – the first anniversary of last year’s terror attacks – will be a low-profile affair.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was one of the targets of the heavily armed alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists who took the city hostage for 59 hours. Two of them had opened fire on commuters inside the iconic heritage station, killing 57.
Most of the anniversary events will be held at CST, between 9 am and 12 noon, though the attacks had occurred late in the evening.
Among the activities scheduled are a blood donation camp, a floral tribute to the martyrs, a joint prayer meet with leaders from multiple religions, and an awareness programme on the importance of security.
A Railway Protection Force band will also perform, paying tribute to the dead. The railways also have stickers and posters across the building asking commuters to stay alert.
There will, however, be no felicitations for those railway and security personnel who stayed at their posts during the attacks and saved lives.
“We have already felicitated people last year, so as of now, we won’t have another felicitation this year,” said Central Railway chief public relations officer, S Mudgerikar.
Central Railway has paid compensation amounting to Rs 5.19 crore for the 57 victims of the attacks.
The next of kin of the dead received Rs 10 lakh. In case of grievous injuries, they got Rs 50,000, and for simple injuries, Rs 15,000.