Modi pays tribute to victims of 2008 Mumbai attack

A policeman saluting at a police memorial marking the ninth anniversary of the attacks in 2008, which killed 166 people, in Mumbai, India, yesterday. Barricades were put up across the city and police deployed at every junction amid tightened security
A policeman saluting at a police memorial marking the ninth anniversary of the attacks in 2008, which killed 166 people, in Mumbai, India, yesterday. Barricades were put up across the city and police deployed at every junction amid tightened security as several commemorative events were held in India's financial capital.PHOTO: REUTERS
Commandos from a quick response team gathering yesterday to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly terror attacks.
Family members of a police officer who was killed in the Mumbai terror attacks visiting the memorial yesterday. The deadly attacks by 10 gunmen on targets including luxury hotels and a train station lasted four days. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Family members of a police officer who was killed in the Mumbai terror attacks visiting the memorial yesterday. The deadly attacks by 10 gunmen on targets including luxury hotels and a train station lasted four days.
Border Security Forces soldiers in front of the Taj Mahal hotel, one of the locations that the terrorists had targeted during the attacks. PHOTO: REUTERS
Border Security Forces soldiers in front of the Taj Mahal hotel, one of the locations that the terrorists had targeted during the attacks.
Commandos from a quick response team gathering yesterday to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly terror attacks. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MUMBAI • Security was tightened in India's financial capital of Mumbai yesterday on the ninth anniversary of a terrorist attack that left 166 people dead, as several commemorative events were held.

Barricades were put up across the city and police deployed at every junction, on the day described in India as "26/11".

On Nov 26, 2008, 10 gunmen attacked targets in Mumbai, including two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station. A Singaporean lawyer died in the attacks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking to the nation in a regular radio programme, said: "We salute all those brave women and men who lost their lives in the gruesome 26/11 attacks in Mumbai."

He added, as quoted by The Hindu newspaper yesterday: "Terrorism is a threat to humanity."

Pakistan last Friday controversially released from house arrest a firebrand Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding the bloody assault.

Hafiz Saeed, who has a US$10 million (S$13.5 million) US bounty on his head, had been under house arrest since January after living freely in Pakistan for years, a sore point in the country's often fraught relations with both the United States and India.

India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) of being behind the Mumbai carnage, after the terrorists came in from the Arabian Sea coast that India shares with Pakistan.

The attack lasted for four days.

Responsibility for guarding Mumbai's 114km coastline may soon become the responsibility of a police force under the central government, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported yesterday.

The government wants to form what it calls a central marine police force (CMPF) to patrol the Mumbai coastline, as well as the country's whole 7,000km coastline.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2017, with the headline 'Modi pays tribute to victims of 2008 Mumbai attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe