Mumbai:26; Floral tributes were today paid to the martyrs who laid down their lives while fighting terrorists who had attacked the city on this day seven years ago.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was among the dignitaries who paid homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.
Family members of the policemen, who lost their lives during the November 2008 attacks, were also present during the ceremony.
The dark night of 26/11 when the commercial capital of India Mumbai was held hostage by terrorists continues to haunt the nation. Seven years on it paid homage to the martyrs of the horrific attack.
26th November, 2008 - a day which not only shook the conscience of the nation but had its rippling effect on the whole world. Highly trained 10 Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai through the sea route on the fateful night and brutally killed 166 innocent people in well-coordinated attacks.
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists chose to target the lifeline of the city. Their first place of attack was the Cama Hospital where Mumbai anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare and two other policemen gave up their lives fighting with the terrorists. The terrorists then moved to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station where passengers were caught all unawares when the attackers opened fire at the innocent civilians.
Located in the heart of Mumbai, the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel was their next target. Several guests and visitors were held as hostages inside by the terrorists. Both Trident Hotel and Nariman House also the bore the brunt of the cowardly terror attacks.
For 59 hours, 10 terrorists had brought to a standstill the whole city as well as the country. The attacks drew widespread global condemnation.
Several loopholes in the security parameters of the nation came to the fore and were questioned. After the attacks, the security around the coastal regions was tightened to prevent a repeat.
Special commando units were also formed and fishermen boats fitted with transponders. Despite ample proof against the terrorists, Pakistan is still in denial as far as the trial of the attacks is concerned.
After the attacks, the Central government decided to start four new NSG hubs in different states. 350 additional National Security Guards were added to its force.
To expedite terror-related cases, the government also formed the National Security Agency. However, the hanging of lone surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab on 21 November, 2012 might have bought temporary relief to the aggrieved relatives but the void of their loved ones will always remain.
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