Paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state strives hard for safety and security of the people.
Speaking at a video exhibition titled ’26/11: Stories of Strength’, showcased by The Indian Express in association with Facebook and Instagram, Fadnavis called for leveraging manpower with technology for security purposes.
He also focussed on the need of high-end technology in security and surveillance systems. “It is no more the case that human intervention can counter any threat. It is technology which we need to leverage. There are more than 600 landing points that are unmanned. In spite of putting around 600 police stations or allocating security personnel 24×7, a human error can still occur. I think technology is the solution,” he said.
Elaborating on the available mechanisms, he said thermal cameras are being put in place to man the coastal security.
The CM also lamented that recommendations for round-the-clock surveillance made in the aftermath of the attack had not been implemented until recently.
Showcasing the inspiring stories that emerged from the 26/11 attacks, The Express Group Executive Director Anant Goenka said, “It is important we do this because it is your courage that defines us, it is your hope that renews ours and truth is that we still live in an age of terrorism. Even if we indulge in the cowardly ideology of a misguided youth foolish enough to believe that they can decide how we should die, they must know that they can never tell us how we should live. We will keep learning and we will keep growing. That’s the strength of our civil society.”
On November 26, 2008, ten Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others. The attack which began on November 26, lasted until November 29. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Jewish community centre were some of the places targeted by the terrorists.
Ajmal Kasab was the lone militant who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.