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26/11 Mumbai Taj Attack: 26 November 2008… a dark night, Terror attack, Thrilling and painful memories of this day

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Hemant Bavdhankar Praise Shahid Tukaram Omble: Tukaram Omble did not just show off. So we managed to keep the other 15 alive, thanks to Tukaram Ombale. Otherwise the picture would have been different. Hemant Bavdhankar, while talking to Lokmat, expressed the shocking experience that Ombale gave us life by enduring all the firing on his own body.

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Mumbai: Tomorrow marks the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists entered Mumbai by sea and both of them, Kasab and Abu Ismail, opened fire indiscriminately in the waiting room of CSMT railway station, killing several innocent people. After this, Kasab was given 12 at night. Jigarbaaz police caught him at Girgaum Chowpatty around 30 o’clock. Hemant Bavdhankar is one of these zealous police officers. The 26/11 terror attack started from the busy and important CSMT railway station in Mumbai and Bavdhankar has also successfully crossed the security cordon of the CSMT railway station. It was a coincidence. Now Hemant Bavdhankar is V. P. He is working as a senior police inspector of Road Police Station.

26/11 Mumbai Attack
26/11 Mumbai Attack

On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists entered Mumbai by sea and indiscriminately opened fire, killing innocent civilians. 166 innocent civilians and security guards were killed by Pakistani terrorists. Even after 13 years, the horrific memories and wounds of this attack are still fresh. The only surviving terrorist in the attack was Ajmal Amir Kasab. Police personnel Tukaram Ombale was martyred while capturing the traitor Kasab alive. However, at Girgaum Chowpatty, along with Shahid Ombale, Sanjay Govilkar, Bhaskar Kadam and Hemant Bavdhankar, 16 police personnel and officers were instrumental in capturing Kasab alive.

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At 12.30 pm, according to the message received from the control room, a Skoda vehicle arrived at the spot. Kasab’s Skoda stopped 50 feet from where we were blocking. We asked him to turn off the headlights. But it intensified. Started water shower on windscreen on wiper. Then the speeding car came towards us. The vehicle hit a road divider and came to a stop as it was about to take off. My colleague Bhaskar Kadam and I went towards the driver to arrest him. At that time, the driver of the vehicle was a terrorist and Abu Ismail fired at us. At that moment, our colleague Bhaskar Kadam, in retaliation, fired from his service revolver, injuring Abu Ismail.

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Kasab, who was sitting on the left side of the car, opened the door and came out. At the same time, when our colleagues Sanjay Govilkar and Tukaram Ombale were coming to surround him, Kasab fired from an AK-47. Tukaram Ombale was seriously injured. Unfortunately, Tukaram Ombale was martyred during the treatment. Tukaram Ombale did not just show off. So we managed to keep the other 15 alive, thanks to Tukaram Ombale. Otherwise the picture would have been different. Hemant Bavdhankar, while talking to Lokmat, expressed the shocking experience that Ombale gave us life by enduring all the firing on his own body.

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