The state government is planning to hold a tribute for the 26/11 martyrs and victims on the second anniversary of the terror attacks, which shook the city in 2008. Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, on Thursday, held a meeting of the home department to discuss security concerns as well as to plan a homage function for the victims.
Pawar also called outgoing home minister RR Patil for the meeting. Others who attended it were Director General of Police D Sivanandan; Chandra Iyengar, additional chief secretary (home); and Praveen Dixit, principal secretary (home).
The home department as well as the police administration was unhappy over US President Barack Obama not visiting the police memorial at the police gymkhana at Marine Drive to pay tributes to the 26/11 victims. "Pawar has asked us to work out the details of a commemoration function for the martyrs on the second anniversary of the attacks,'' said a senior official.
Obama paid tribute to the victims of the attacks by visiting the memorial at the Taj hotel. The state government had then said that the hotel was not inclusive enough as a symbol for all those who died in the attacks. Several senior government and police officials did not attend the function at Taj.
The state home department is now keen on making a statement and hence is planning a function at the police gymkhana as well as a formal commemoration including a salute at CST, where the terrorists gunned down many people.