Mumbai remembers it like it happened just yesterday even though it is nine long years since the ill-fated strike that killed 166 people across the city of Mumbai. Remembering those who lost their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, various events have been organised in the city on Sunday. The Mumbai police have organised `Salutation Ceremony' at Shahid Smarak at the Police Gymkhana at Marine Lines at 9 am today. Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Director General of police Satish Mathur, city police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar paid homage to them along with various other ministers, senior bureaucrats, police officials and family members of those killed.
Chief Minister Fadnavis is set to felicitate family members of the deceased at the Bombay Stock Exchange in the presence of Union ministers Hansraj Ahir and Kiren Rijiju, RSS leader Indresh Kumar and Lieutenant-General Vishwambhar Singh, General Officers Commanding, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Nariman House, the house that the terrorists in the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks attacked killing a Jewish family and other Jews. Wikimedia.
VT terminus, site of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks, a week later. Wikimedia.
Hundreds of citizens are expected to offer tributes at several landmarks in the city including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Taj Hotel, Cafe Leopold, Rang Bhavan Lane near Cama Hospital and St Xavier's College which were targeted by the terrorists. Many of the Mumbai Police brave soldiers like ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Inspector Vijay Salaskar were killed, while they tried to save the city.
Seventeen jawans of the Border Security Force are expected to reach the Gateway of India today who set out on `Martyrs' Ride' for Mumbai on November 14. Tributes will also be paid at the memorial of assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale at Girgaum Chowpatty, where he caught the infamous terrorist Ajmal Kasab alive while getting killed in the process himself.
File image of Leopold Cafe, Mumbai. Wikimedia.
Trident Hotel in Mumbai site of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Wikimedia.
Nine years back, on November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistan-based terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba infiltrated Mumbai by sea route and indiscriminately open fired at people on different locations. The mayhem that followed over the next three days left 166 people dead, including 18 police officers and two NSG commanders, along with 308 people injured and property worth crores damaged. JuD chief and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of these attacks, were released on Friday after a three-judge panel in Pakistan ended his house arrest in Lahore. However, the move backfired when the White House warned that serious repercussions are in store for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad detains and charges Hafiz Saeed.
"Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan’s commitment to (combating) international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil. If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” the Trump government said in a statement.
Taj Mahal Hotel, scene of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks, cordoned off in the days following the attacks. WIkimedia. The Metro Cinema, a week after the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Wikimedia.