26/11: A Nightmare Mumbai Faced
It started with attacks that took place in November 2008, when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an extremist Islamist terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists reached Mumbai on a hijacked fishing trawler from a Pakistani port in Karachi.
The terrorists entered THE TAJ as students so that no one can identify them and stored explosives in one of the hotel’s rooms.
Imagine a heritage, five-star, luxury hotel and this terrorist made it hell in just pinch of seconds.
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS
The Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus was one of the sites of the first attack. At around 9.20 p.m. Kasab and another Pakistani terrorist opened indiscriminate fire into the teeming crowds at the station.
A full secured station graded A for its a premium quality that has 300 CCTV camera and 64 of them have video analytics capability. Out of Dadar’s 121 cameras, 35 support video analytics.
After all this security they went inside the terminus fully armed with AK-47 rifles and grenades.
Of the 166 killed in the 26/11 attack, 52 died at the railway station. As many as 108 were injured in the firing at the station.
They were firing like playing video games and were laughing looking at people. Even waving hands to the authorities of the control room as they were not able to do anything.
The terrorist was mercilessly firing at people who were running to save their lives.
And this was how they just started!!!
THE LEOPOLD CAFE
Have you ever thought that you are sitting and just chilling, enjoying with friends or family in a cafe and something very horrible happens!!
Something like this happened on that day when the attackers moved to Leopold cafe and around 9.30 pm, the restaurant was attacked with gunfire and grenades by two men.
A cricket match between India and England was on that night.
All were busy cheering India!!India!!
Some were waiting for bear and some for the next plate of golden fried prawns!!
Eventually, they heard the noise of gunshot and People started crouching under the tables, some lying flat on the ground.
So, the owner rushed to watch out what’s happening and was popped-up with one of the terrorists, and the result was that he is shot him badly.
A hawker, Kishore, whose stall was outside Leopold, spotted Mr Mishra, who was covered in blood by then and rushed him to the nearby hospital.
Leopold lost six customers and two waiters, Peer Pasha and Hidayat Kazi, in the terror attack.
The Oberoi-Trident is the other icon of luxury and opulence in Mumbai that came under the deadly saws of the 26/11 attacks.
It plays host to a large number of foreign tourists visiting India and it was the case on that night.
Foreign nationals were reported to be the prime point of a target for the terrorists.
The gunfire began at the entrance of Trident with the gatekeeper being the first to fall prey. Two gunmen walked into the reception area and opened fire.
By the time the siege ended in Oberoi-Trident, 143 hostages were rescued alive and 24 bodies were recovered.
The main aim of them was one and only “DESTRUCTION ALL OVER“.
Not only to the country but also to the image of our country.
Okay! So, these creepy monsters didn’t even leave the hospital.
But as we know God is always there and hence, the destructors were not able to succeed there so much.
As the doctors got alerted, they shifted all the patients to a safe place so that the terrorist cannot reach them. The doctors suffered too much as they spent all night hungry and thirsty on the sixth floor of disease curing room.
Luckily, no one was harmed there but Vijay Salaskar, top IPS officers Hemant Karkare and Ashok Kamte were killed when the attackers left the hospital.
But doctors that day are wished HAPPY BIRTHDAY as they survived the attack.
And finally, this war ended at Nariman house when the cops got informed that the attackers are seen hijacking a white car. The cops got prepared and were waiting for the attackers to come.
Away from this, only AJMAL KASAB was left so when he reached the cops surrounded him.
He started firing and
Tukaram Omble, a constable with the Mumbai Police, took around 40 bullets while trying to capture the lone surviving terrorist and finally Kasab was arrested.
And finally, Kasab’s death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 29 August.
If we are a peaceful nation we expect all to be peaceful with us, otherwise one should know that the national animal of INDIA is TIGER.