Memorial service held for British diplomat Percy Norris shot dead in 1984 in Mumbai

For the first time, 37 years after his assassination, British Deputy High Commissioner Percy Norris was honoured at a memorial event in Mumbai on Saturday.

Norris was assassinated on the morning of November 27, 1984, by two unknown assailants, who shot him near Flora Fountain of the city as he was being driven to his office.

The British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai, in a statement, informed that several diplomats posted in the city attended the memorial service.

“It is with deep sadness that we mark the 37th anniversary of the assassination of British Deputy High Commissioner Percy Norris. Percy, and his family paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of the U.K. and the U.K.-India relationship. Diplomats from nations across the world have been killed in service and we are grateful to the Consular Corps in Mumbai for joining us to mark Percy’s life,” said Deputy High Commissioner Alan Gemmell in an event that was attended by veteran cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, who was among those Norris had met during his brief tenure in Mumbai in 1984.

The Hindu had reported earlier this year that the family of Norris were for a thorough investigation into the assassination, which has remained uninvestigated till now. The assassination marks the only violent death of a British diplomat in India after 1947.

“Our thoughts will be with all in Mumbai on Saturday, and we would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to arrange this commemoration for our father. He was someone to whom relationship building was natural and lay at the heart of his success in work and life,” said Madeleine and Martin Norris, children of Norris in a statement.

Norris was assassinated on the day the English cricket team was to play a Test match in Mumbai and had hosted a dinner in honour of the team the evening before.

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