And now,a literary tribute to 26/11 martyrs

The state government has dedicated the latest edition of its Lokrajya magazine to the 26/11 heroes.

Written by Prashant Rangnekar | Mumbai | Published:January 22, 2009 1:46 am

The state government has dedicated the latest edition of its Lokrajya magazine to the 26/11 heroes.

“We are dedicating this edition of Lokrajya to the brave people who did not care for their lives while fighting the terrorists,” said editor-in-chief Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar,who is also a 1990 batch IAS officer.

“We wanted to compile all the information pertaining to the 26/11 attacks that can be archived. More emphasis has been given to first-person accounts and various officers have penned pieces for the magazine.”

The state government brings out Lokrajya (Rule of the People) every month and it gives insights on its policies,resolutions and its work. The first issue of the magazine was brought out in 1948. The Shiv Sena-BJP combine,which came to power in 1995,had scrapped the magazine and instead brought out Shivrajya (Rule of Shivaji).

The magazine got back its original name in 1999 when the Congress-NCP combine came to power.

The latest issue of the magazine features accounts by Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor,DCP Zone I Vishwas Nagre-Patil and Assistant Commissioner of Police Issak Bagwan. All these officers were either supervising the fightback or were in the line of fire during the 59-hour siege.

Even Vishnu Zhende,an announcer at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) who saved many lives on the fateful night,has written an emotional account. The magazine also features a piece written by Dr S D Nandankar of J J hospital who was heading the morgue and post-mortem examinations after the attack.

It also feature pieces written about the 18 police officials who laid down their lives during the terror attack,with special reference to slain Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar,head of the Anti-Extortion Cell.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan,in his foreword,stresses the need to create a breed of ‘alert citizens’ through the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Maharashtra Cadet Corps (MCC).

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