Shinde and Pawar paid homage to the heroes at the Police Gymkhana in Marine Lines where a 26/11 memorial has been erected in remembrance of the policemen, who lost their lives fighting terrorists during the dastardly strikes.
Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Home Minister R R Patil, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and family members of victims and bravehearts, also paid floral tributes to those killed in the November 26, 2008 siege.
Lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was nabbed after the carnage was hanged in Pune's Yerawada Jail on November 21.
Security has been stepped up in the metropolis, after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan warned of mounting attacks "in India and anywhere" to avenge Kasab's hanging.
Vital establishments, including airports and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), are also under tight vigil after the threat.
166 people were killed when Kasab and nine of his aides unleashed terror on the country's financial capital four years ago.
The nation can ill afford to forget the 26/11 tragedy,for those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.What is more important than the inanities spewed at comemorative functions by the high and mighty of the land is the conviction they need to bring to public perception about our national resolve to ensure that such nightmares are not repeated ever again. The hush-hush hanging of Kasab is not enough. We need to be assured that we have streamlined our response syatems,equipped it well with the necessary material and human resources,brought in the state of the art weapon-systems and built adequate efficiencies therein. The inadequacies in our command and control mechanism thrown up then have hopefully been addressed by now and the common man feels more secure and better protected than he was then. That is the least that we,the People would expect from our political system. If this assurance is forthcoming then alone can we say that the lessons of 26/11 have been learnt well.