People in Allahabad salute 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks martyrs

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Allahabad, Nov 25(ANI): The three martyrs of the Mumbai terror attack, Hemant Karkare, Shashank Shinde and Ashok Kamte, were paid sentimental homage at Allahabad by a sculptor and scores of locals on Wednesday.

The sculptor, Rajkapoor Chitera, sculpted the portraits of the trio of the Maharashtra Police while the locals decorated them with garlands and even performed rituals.

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunmen involved in the Mumbai attacks and presently facing trial in a special court at Mumbai was also showcased alongside the martyrs, in which he is projected at the gallows.

"On this sacred land where there is a confluence of three holy rivers (Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati), we have paid homage to the martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Hemant Karkare, Shashank Shinde and Kamte by sculpting their portraits on the sand," Chitera said.

"We have also sculpted the portrait of Kasab here, where we have shown him hanging by the rope. Through this we wish to request the government to punish Kasab and more militants like him," he added.

As for sculpting Kasab, the artist Chitera and several other locals contended it was to convey to the Government that they want to see the militant sentenced to death.

Alongside the rituals, the locals also prayed for the three slain police officers' souls to rest in peace. (ANI)

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