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India salutes 26/11 heroes

Mumbai: Joining the nation in remembering those killed in the Mumbai terror attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday pledged to redouble efforts to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

“On this day of remembrance, we salute the courage, unity and the resolve of ordinary Mumbaikars and the brave and selfless action of our men in uniform during the attack,” he said in a statement on the second anniversary of the Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.

Singh said, “It is this spirit and strength of character of the Indian people that will defeat such forces that seek to threaten our social fabric and way of life.”

“We will never succumb to the designs of our enemies. We pledge to redouble our efforts to bring the perpetrators of this crime against humanity to justice,” he said.

Mumbai salutes 26/11 heroes

Marking the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, Maharashtra Police took out a parade in south Mumbai beginning from Oberoi Trident Hotel, one of the sites of the deadly strikes.

Teams of Force One, Quick Response Teams (QRT) and Mumbai police participated in the parade which began after saluting Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

The parade displayed advanced anti-terror combat vehicles and weapons procured by the state police following the terror attack.

A 1.3-km long banner, which read ‘The Great Wall of Mumbai’, was held by hundreds of students from Mumbai. The banner starts from hotel Trident.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil and Minority Affairs Minister Arif Naseem Khan, Director General of Police D Sivanandan, Mumbai Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Dayal were among the dignitaries who received salute from the parade.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also paid tribute to the 26/11 bravehearts at a ceremony in memory of the 166 persons killed during the 60-hour long siege that took place in November 26, 2008.

The entire country has been put on high alert with additional forces being deployed in Maharashtra and Delhi.

Meanwhile India has sent a strongly worded diplomatic note to Pakistan on the eve of 26/11 attacks expressing its disappointment with Islamabad’s indifferent response in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

In a strongly-worded diplomatic note, issued on the eve of Mumbai terror attacks anniversary, India expressed “regret” for not receiving feedback on several issues raised by it, including information on the names of seven persons involved in the attacks given by Home Minister P Chidambaram during his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart in June in Islamabad, government sources said.

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