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PC mourns death of 26/11 martyrs; petrol pumps allotted to kin

Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 17:51

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday mourned the death of 26/11 martyrs and assured that the Centre would do everything possible to help their families.

"Eighteen families suffered great loss. The Petroleum Ministry is making a small gesture by handing over the dealerships," Chidambaram said at a function held at the Sahyadri Guest House to hand over papers of petrol pumps allotted to families of the slain personnel.

"The magnitude of the sacrifice is supreme. The nation is proud of them. We are proud of you. We mourn your loss. We stand by you and we should help you in every possible manner,” Chidambaram said while referring to the victims` families.
Chidambaram made these remarks shortly after inaugurating a memorial in memory of the 18 police officers, who laid their lives while fighting the attackers.

The Home Minister, in his brief and emotional remark, also urged the state governments and the respective Chief Ministers to expedite the relief announced to the victims’ families.

The memorial, erected at the Police Gymkhana at Marine Drive, is dedicated to Mumbai city.
Earlier, at the same function Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora formally distributed papers for petrol pumps allotted to families of martyrs. The Petroleum Minister had earlier announced that petrol pump, LPG, kerosene or CNG dealerships would be offered to the families of the security personnel who died while fighting the terrorists who stormed three locations in Mumbai on November 26.

The petrol pumps have been allotted to the families of five police officers including Ashok Kamte.

These agencies have been offered on the lines of those provided to the martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil and the Parliament attack.

First Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 17:51
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