A Maharashtra village has been named after a paramilitary officer who was killed in the 26/11 terror attacks.

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A Maharashtra village has been named after a paramilitary officer who was killed in the 26/11 terror attacks.

Sultanpur, a village in Maharashtra with a population of roughly 1,000 people and 600 dwellings, will now be known as ‘Rahul Nagar’ after its citizens changed its name in honour of its native, who died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Rahul Shinde, a State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) policeman, was slain in the terror strikes 14 years ago. Mr Shinde, from Sultanpur in the Madha tehsil of Solapur district, was among the first police officers to enter the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in south Mumbai following reports of terrorist firing. Terrorists shot Mr Shinde in the stomach and he died as a result.

While the government honoured him by posthumously awarding him the President’s Police Medal for his great sacrifice, the villagers of Sultanpur opted to rename their hamlet after him because he was born and raised there. The official renaming ceremony, however, has yet to take place.

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“The government processes for renaming the village have been completed. We are still awaiting the formal renaming ceremony “On the eve of the 14th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, Subhash Vishnu Shinde, father of late Rahul Shinde, said PTI.

“We are waiting for the dignitaries and visitors to confirm the dates, and it will soon be finalised,” he added, adding that Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil, who was then Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-I) in Mumbai, assisted him in the process.

“For the past ten years, I had been following up with the administration on this. It’s finally finished. I’m finished and don’t want anything else. I am honoured that the village now bears my son’s name “He stated.

Speaking of his dead son, Mr Shinde said he fought bravely against terrorists and made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

“I am quite proud of my son,” he stated.

Subhash Shinde is the father of two more children, a son and a daughter. He currently lives with his younger son, who just married.

“Rahul’s mother is still traumatised. She still hasn’t come to terms with the situation… She is still reluctant to accept the truth that Rahul is no longer alive “He stated.

“Rahul’s mother is still traumatised. She still hasn’t come to terms with the situation… She is still reluctant to accept the truth that Rahul is no longer alive “He stated.

The Shinde family is engaged in the farming business.

“We collected sugarcane on our land this year,” he explained.

In 2010, Mr Shinde also established a Rahul memorial in the community.

The family used the ten lakh rupees in funding from the Mumbai civic government to build the memorial, he claimed.

“The memorial is intended to encourage the next generation. The kids should believe that when the time comes, they must be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country “, he explained.

“I did all of this while putting aside my personal grief in order to preserve his memory alive,” Mr Shinde said, adding that he was merely waiting for the official renaming ceremony.

During the 60-hour siege in Mumbai, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by water route and started fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and wounded several others.

Terrorists targeted the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, and the Nariman House Jewish community centre, now renamed Nariman Light House.

Security forces, notably the NSG, the country’s top commando squad, later killed nine militants. Ajmal Kasab was the lone terrorist apprehended alive. On November 21, 2012, he was executed four years later.

 

 

 

 

 

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