With prayers on their lips and candles in their hands, hundreds of people came together at several locations in the city on Thursday to remember and pay homage to those who lost their lives during the Mumbai terror attacks last year and to appeal for universal peace and brotherhood.

Several programmes were held during the day by different organisations to observe the first anniversary of the fateful attacks that killed more than 150 people and injured more than 250 others.

Security was beefed up across the city for the day, with a general terror alert being sounded by the Central intelligence agencies.

“Random checks are being conducted on vehicles, especially at the entry and exit points to the city. A large number of policemen, including plainclothes ones, have been deployed at several important locations. All the hotels have been asked to follow strict guidelines before letting guests and vehicles enter their premises,” Jawed Shamim, the city police’s Deputy Commissioner (headquarters), said.

Message of amity

Prayers were held for those who died in the attacks, songs were sung, and at least at one venue, a play was enacted to send out the message of amity. Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi also paid obeisance to the victims by offering flowers at the Police Memorial for those killed in the line of duty.

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