Mumbai: US Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano on Tuesday paid tribute to the martyrs and victims
of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack by laying a wreath at a
police memorial in south Mumbai.
After laying the wreath, she observed silence for a brief
period at the memorial, built in memory of the 16 policemen,
who laid down their lives during the three-day siege at the
Police Gymkhana here.
This is Napolitano`s first visit to India since the 2008
terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed.
Napolitano will be in India till May 27, with stops in
Mumbai and New Delhi, and will meet representatives of private
industry to share best practices to promote homeland security
and co-ordinate counter-terrorism and law enforcement
co-operation between the two countries.
During her stay in Mumbai, she will also meet government
officials, local law enforcements, civil society organisations
and business persons, a statement issued by the
US embassy said.
In New Delhi, secretary Napolitano and Home Minister P
Chidambaram will jointly launch the US-India homeland security
dialogue, a critical new component of the India-US strategic
dialogue that will increase communication and information
sharing between the two countries on counter terrorism and
other issues that affects our security, the statement said.
The dialogue will also highlight protecting the global
supply chain, combating illicit financing and enhancing
cyber-security, it added.