The burning dome of the 115-year old magnificent Taj Hotel is an image that is hard to shake off from public memory. Tributes are pouring in since early morning on November 26th, 2019 as the world remembers the victims who had lost their lives, eleven years ago in the deadly, dastardly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
Along with the rest of the nation, Ratan Tata former chairman of the Tata group, also paid his tribute to the martyrs of 26/11.
“A lot has been said about the tragedy of 26/11. The memory of the carnage and loss of life, is still painful. We won’t forget the needless suffering caused across the city. But we remain proud of the spirit and the sense of unity of Mumbai. We can be hurt, but not knocked out,” Tata tweeted.
The interior of the Palace wing of the hotel was heavily damaged from due to the fire, bullets and water. It was reopened 21 months later and the total estimated loss for Taj amounted to Rs 400 crore.
The ghastly attacks lasted for four days killing more than 170 people and injuring over 300 when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai.
The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on November 26, 2008, and lasted until November 29, 2008. Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Chabad House, The Oberoi Trident, The Taj Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and in a lane behind the Times of India building and St Xavier’s College.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu took the lead to paid tribute to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and offered their salutations to the bravery and devotion of security personnel.
US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus took to Twitter saying 11 years ago, “a cowardly act of terrorism” took the lives of 166 people, including six US citizens.
Ajmal Amir Kasaba was the lone terrorist to survive in the gruesome attacks and was finally sentenced to death at the Yerwada Central Jail, Pune in 2012.
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