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26/11 martyrs memorial to be unveiled tomorrow

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Bhuinj (Maharashtra), May 16 (PTI) A memorial for 26/11 braveheart Tukaram Ombale and other 26/11 martyrs would be unveiled tomorrow at his hometown in Satara district of western Maharashtra. Justice P B Sawant and Special Public Prosecutor in 26/11 trial Ujjwal Nikam would attend the unveiling ceremony, along the family members of the martyrs, Chairman of the Kisan Veer Cooperative sugar Factory Madan Bhosale, that set up the memorial, told PTI here today. The memorial, called Shaheed Smriti Udyan, comprises about 2,300 flower plants and also 18 large trees, one each for the 26/11 martyr, Bhosale said. The memorial has a 28 feet long and 18-feet high fibre plate, erected on a 60 feet by 40 feet map of Maharashtra, The plate has carvings of martyrs'' faces. Of the 18 security personnel killed during Mumbai terror attacks, five were from Satara district. They were Ombale, Jaywant Dudhe-Patil, police sub-inspector Bapurao Durgude, Assistant Sub Inspector Balasaheb Bhosale and police constable Ambadas Pawar. Omble, who lost his life while nabbing Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab alive during the 26/11 terror attacks, was a native of Kedambe village in Jawali taluka here. The memorial has come up in the sugar factory premises. The road adjoining the memorial, has been named after police officer Sanjay Deshmukh who was killed in Naxal attack in Gadchiroli district last year. He hailed from Dhom in Wai tehsil of Satara district. Besides the five martyrs from Satara, the memorial''s fibre plate will have images of Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Bhosale said.

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