Friday marks the 13th anniversary of the dreadful November 26, 2008 terror attacks on the financial capital Mumbai which still sends a shiver down the spine of the people of the country. The horrifying attacks were carried out by 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who targeted the most crowded locations of Mumbai including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, among others. Over 160 people were killed and numerous families who lost their loved ones that night and continue to remember the intense state of fear and panic the innocent lives went through.
The terrorist massacre changed the dynamics and relationship between India and Pakistan for an indefinite time and served as a wake-up call for India to tighten their gameplay on defending their cities from ever witnessing such horror again. A total of 166 lives were lost including the general public and security personnel. Nine terrorists were gunned down by the National Security Guard (NSG) and Mumbai Police and the last surviving terrorist Kasab was captured alive and later sentenced to death and hanged on November 21, 2012.
The uproar amid people after the attack also led to a string of resignations including the then Union home minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, among others.