Nation Remembers 26/11
Exactly eleven years ago, one hundred and sixty six people were killed and over 300 injured, in a deadly terror attack in the financial capital of the country - Mumbai. The chief locations which became the targets and subsequent places of bloodshed were the Taj Group's landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at the Gateway of India, the Oberoi Trident, the Leopold Café, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Nariman House business and residential complex.
These high-profile locations were targeted by a group of ten heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan, in a three-day onslaught that began on November 26, 2008, who went on a rampage across the city. All nine terrorists were killed except one, Ajmal Kasab, who was later tried and hanged to death.
Tributes for martyrs came in from several quarters of the country, including celebrities and other significant personalities on social media. Many brave soliders sacrificed their lives on this day, that included Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad Chief Hemant Karkare, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Inspector Vijay Salaskar, Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble and Havaldar Gajendra Singh, among others.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack, with mastermind Hafiz Sayeed plotting the 26/11 attacks. This is the eleventh anniversary and tributes came pouring in from across the country.
Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons said that the memories of the carnage and losses were painful, with needless suffering of innocents across the city. But the matter of pride was the courage and fortitude displayed by Mumbaikars, that was a reminder of the spirit and unity that held the city together, through its worst moments in history.