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26 Nov 2012, 01:43 PM
Nation remembers 26/11 victims
Nation remembers 26/11 victims

Mumbai: Remembering the bravehearts of the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attack on its fourth anniversary, the nation on Monday paid tribute to all those who were killed by 10 Lashar-e-Toiba terrorists in the country's financial capital.

The main commemorative function was held at Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty where a 26/11 memorial has been erected, an official said.

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Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil and Minister of state for Home Satej Patil, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and others paid floral tributes to the victims and martyrs at the memorial on Monday morning.

Family members of security personnel who were killed, other victims of the terror attacks, some survivors and those who took part in the anti-terror operations attended the memorial function and paid their homage to the bravehearts.

Commemoration events were also held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, Hotel Trident, Leopold Cafe and Nariman House, which were targeted by the terrorists who sneaked into Mumbai through the Arabian Sea and landed at Colaba.

Peace march in Mumbai


A peace march was held in Mumbai in the remembrance of the victims on Sunday.
    
Prominent among those participated in the march were Union minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor, Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary and American national Kia Scherr who lost her husband Alan and daughter Naomi during the bloodbath.
    
The walk started from Nariman Point, opposite Hotel Trident, in South Mumbai, which was one of the targets of terrorists, to Princess Street flyover.
    
"We paid homage to the victims of the attack. We are also happy over the execution of terrorist (Kasab). We pray today that never such an attack should take place anywhere in India and that the masterminds of the 26/11 are also punished," actress Mahima Chaudhary said.
   
Scherr, who has made the island city her home since 2010, said the peace march would be the most appropriate response to not only honour the victims of the attack but also to share happiness over the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab.
    
"True justice is restored when we join together as one unified whole to live in peace, compassion and love. An irritant has been removed from the city of Mumbai completing the unfinished chapter to the 26/11 tragedy," she told reporters.


The sole surviving terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was nabbed on November 26, 2008, was hanged in Pune's Yerawada Central Jail on November 21.

The bloodbath that continued for 60 hours had left 166 dead and 300 injured.

Security tightened in Mumbai
    
Security has been beefed up across Mumbai on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the deadly terror attacks in Mumbai.

"There is no specific threat but we have been alert for (the) past one week," Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.
    
"Even though there were 'threats' to the financial capital but Mumbai Police are well-prepared to tackle any eventuality," he told reporters at a press conference.

According to sources, security has also been tightened after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan warned of mounting attacks "in India and anywhere" to avenge Kasab's hanging. 

AJMAL AMIR KASAB AND THE DEADLY TERROR ATTACK IN MUMBAI ON 26/11/2008

2008

November 26: Kasab and 9 terrorists launch commando raid in Mumbai
    
November 27: At 1.30 AM, Kasab caught and placed under arrest, admitted to Nair Hospital
   

November 29: All places under siege secured, 9 terrorists killed
    
November 30: Kasab confesses before police
    
December 27/28: Identification parade held

2009    

January 13: M L Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 judge
    
January 16: Arthur Road Jail selected for Kasab's trial
    
February 5: Kasab's DNA samples match with articles found in Kuber
    
February 20/21: Kasab makes confession before magistrate
    
February 22: Ujjwal Nikam appointed Special Public Prosecutor
    
February 25: Charge sheet against Kasab, two others filed in court
    
April 1: Anjali Waghmare appointed Kasab's lawyer
    
April 15: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab's lawyer
    
April 16: Abbas Kazmi appointed as Kasab's lawyer
    
April 17: Kasab's confession opened in court, he retracts

    

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April 20: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts
    
April 29: Kasab is major: experts' opinion
    
May 6: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, but denies charges
    
May 8: First eyewitness deposes, identifies Kasab
    
June 23: Non-bailable warrants issued against 22 including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
    
November 30: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab's lawyer

December 1: K P Pawar takes place of Kazmi
    
December 16: Prosecution completes its case in 26/11

December 18: Kasab denies all charges

2010

March 31: Arguments in the case end. Special Judge M L Tahaliyani reserves judgement for May 3, 2010
    
May 3: Kasab convicted, Sabauddin Ahmed and Faheem Ansari acquitted of all charges

May 6: Kasab was sentenced to death by the trial court Bombay High Court upholds death sentence to Kasab

2011

March: Kasab writes letter to SC challenging HC order
    
October 10: SC stays execution of the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Kasab
    
October 10: Kasab tells SC that he was brainwashed like a "robot" into committing the heinous crime in the name of "God" and that he does not deserve capital punishment owing to his young age
    
October 18: The Supreme Court admits Maharashtra government's appeal challenging the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, co-accused of Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack

2012   

January 31: Kasab tells SC that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case

February 23: SC hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and their Pakistani handlers and watched the CCTV footage of the carnage
    
April 25: SC reserves its verdict after a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month
    
August 29: 
SC upholds death sentence of Kasab and acquittal of two alleged Indian co-conspirators in the case
    
October 16: Union Home Ministry recommends to President for rejection of Kasab's mercy plea
    
November 5: President rejects Kasab's mercy petition
    
November 8: Maharashtra government informed about President's Decemberision
    
November 21: Kasab hanged in Yerawada Jail in Pune

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