Early on Thursday, at 7.50 am, the Mumbai police began a three-kilometre parade to pay homage to their martyrs. Starting from the Trident, it ended at Girgaum Chowpatty, where Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble was killed.
The counter-terror unit marched on the north-bound road, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 5) Milind Bharambe. The Force One squad, Quick Response Teams, a Mumbai Police team and the police band followed.
The parade showcased combat vehicles like the rapid intervention vehicle, armoured vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and amphibious boats.
“This parade will boost the confidence of citizens,” said Police Commissioner D. Sivanandhan, on the eve of the parade.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, his deputy Chhagan Bhujbal and Mayor Shubha Raul were among the dignitaries present. They paid condolences to the martyrs in uniform and civilian victims. A board carrying their names was kept at the starting point of the parade.
The Force One commandos also displayed their martial skills. One of them crossed the 200-mt distance between Trident and the Air India building on a rope. Another commando rappelled down the Air India building to the applause of the crowd below.
After the display, the dignitaries drove off in their new rides — bullet-proof Mahindra Scorpios instead of the regulation Ambassadors.