26/11 Anniversary: Mumbai Pauses to Remember Victims of Terror Attack
Mumbai on Monday paused to remember India’s most wounding terrorist attack, that began this day four years ago. The terrorists had launched war on India for 60 hours, killing 166 and injuring around 300 people even as combined security forces battled them and managed to gun down nine.
Five days ago, on Nov 21, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving Pakistani terrorist caught alive, was hanged in a Pune jail. The security has been beefed up all across the city on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks fearing possible terror strikes.
According to the police, there would be heavy security deployment in and around the city. Vital installations, including the airports and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), has reportedly been put under tight vigil and extra security would be deployed there.
Sources said that the security appratus has also been tightened after the Pakistan Taliban said they would attack Indian targets to avenge the ‘killing’ of Kasab. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said they would mount attacks “in India and anywhere” to avenge the hanging of Kasab.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said the police force is fully prepared to deal with another 26/11-like attack.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, he said, “Not just today but we are on an alert each and every day to keep the city safe. Since the last few days all our officers have been alerted.We will have nakabandis and combing operations in place for the day.”
On Monday morning, brief commemoration events were held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe and Nariman House, some of Mumbai’s most loved landmarks that were targeted by the terrorists who sneaked into Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008 through the Arabian Sea route and landed at Colaba.
The main function to remember the martyrs and victims of the terror strike, which began on Nov 26, 2008, and continued till the afternoon of Nov 29, was held at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty where a permanent 26/11 memorial has been erected.
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