Police parade fails to excite Mumbai
Except schoolchildren, few turned up to support memorial parade.mumbai Updated: Nov 27, 2010 01:22 IST
The memorial parade by the Mumbai Police along Marine Drive to mark the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks on the city saw little enthusiasm.
Except those out for their morning walk, few even bothered to open their sea-facing windows on Friday and support the parade.
Led by Shashikant Mahavarkar, deputy commissioner of police (HQ II), the parade commenced from Trident hotel, which was one of the targets of the barbaric attacks, up to Wankhede stadium.
The parade included a contingent of Force One, Maharashtra’s counter-terror unit, followed by two contingents of Quick Reaction Teams and contingents of policemen, marksman vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and troop carriers and modern weapons procured post-26/11 attack in a show of strength.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, his deputy Ajit Pawar, home minister RR Patil, director general of police D. Sivanandhan and Mumbai commissioner of police Sanjeev Dayal were among the dignitaries who received salute from the parade.
Hundreds of schoolchildren held up a 1.3-km-long banner, which read, “The Great Wall of Mumbai”. However, all this failed to create excitement among Mumbaiites, who either preferred to go about their daily routine or stay indoors.
Some even crossed the road while the parade was on despite measures by the traffic police.
There were a few people who looked out of their windows, mostly at Marina Hotel, but they seemed to be tourists.
Then there were the office goers, who stopped to take pictures on their mobile phones and then rushed to reach their work places on time.
Not just the citizens, even some of the police officers, who were following the parade in their official cars, were seen engrossed in their newspapers behind tinted glasses.
First Published: Nov 27, 2010 01:21 IST