Mumbai/Bangalore/New Delhi, Nov 29: A tearful nation Saturday mourned the passing of its brave-hearts Hemant Karkare, Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Gajender Singh, who laid down their lives fighting terrorism with nary a thought for their personal well being.
They were ceremonies that were telecast live on TV news channels and, coming as they did, a day after commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) finally countered the efforts of a group of armed terrorists to take over two luxury hotels and another building in India`s commercial capital of Mumbai.
To that extent, they were a chilling reminder of the dangers that the men in uniform face every day - indeed, every hour - of their lives.
Two of the martyrs - Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Havildar Gajender Singh belonged to the NSG and lost their lives fighting the terror siege militants were attempting in Mumbai.
Image: All India Anti Terrorist Front Chairman MS Bitta salutes to the mortal remains of hawaldar Gajendra Singh, who died fighting terrorists at Mumbai`s Nariman House, at NSG headquaters in New Delhi on Saturday, November 29, 2008.
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