Mumbai on high alert as it marks 7th anniversary of 26/11 attacks



India’s 9/11 Outside the Taj Mahal Hotel during the 26/11 attacks Photo: Shailendra Pandey
India’s 9/11 Outside the Taj Mahal Hotel during the 26/11 attacks
Photo: Shailendra Pandey

On the occasion of the the seventh anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with his other cabinet ministers, paid rich tribute to the martyrs at the 26/11 memorial, at Police Gymkhana, in Marine Drive.  The Mumbai Police also paid homage to the martyrs of the terror attacks.

It may be recalled that on this day seven years ago, the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai’s Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar, were among those killed in the attack on the financial hub of the country.

In  an audacious, and daring attack,  ten Pakistani terrorists had arrived by sea route, and open fired, indiscriminately, at people, killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores of rupees.

The attack had begun on 26 November, and lasted until 29 November. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, and the Nariman House Jewish community centre, were some of the places targeted by the terrorists.

Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later, on November 21, 2012.

The terror attack on Paris, on November 13, had brought back the memories of the Mumbai carnage, as people found a similar pattern in the execution of the attack — the timing of the attack, style of combating by coming in a group, selection of multiple locations, targeting the civilians at places of gathering or iconic spots, targeting of international tourists, among other things.

Taking no chances whatsoever, Mumbai has been put under a heavy security blanket with all vital locations, including the domestic and international airports are on high alert. Security has also been strengthened across important suburban railway stations, offices, and landmarks like the Taj Hotel, which was one of the locations attacked by terrorists, on November 2008.


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