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Citizens should be eyes, ears of police, security forces: Fadnavis

In memory: CM Devendra Fadnavis pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack, at the BSE on Sunday.

In memory: CM Devendra Fadnavis pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack, at the BSE on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens to be the security forces’ eyes and ears to prevent a terror attack like 26/11. “India has always showed its strength and has given a clear message that we are ready to fight and defeat any kind of aggression. I sincerely appeal to all citizens to be vigilant and become the eyes and ears of our police and security forces,” he said at a function held at the Gateway of India on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

Speaking with the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in the background, one of the main targets of the 26/11 attack, Mr. Fadnavis said, “Hotel Taj, the victim of the biggest terror attack at that time, is still standing with the same magnificence. It tells the whole world that terrorists and their supporters might be finished, but India will remain unhurt.”

Praising the security forces, he said, “Our soldiers have the capability to give a fitting reply to attackers. After the military action in Doklam, India is being seen as a strong nation in the whole world. Our soldiers deserve the credit of making this country one of the most powerful one in the world.” The BSF had also organised a car and cycle rally by Divyangs, which set out from India Gate in New Delhi on November 14 and ended at the Gateway of India on Sunday.

Addressing a function at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mr. Fadnavis reiterated the need for alertness. “Over the last two years we have improved our security systems, provided better weapons to the police, bulletproof vests, improved co-ordination among police, Army and naval forces. I feel that both the State and the Central governments will continue to do more, but it is also important that the citizens act as the eyes and ears of the government.”

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