November 26, 2019 marks 11 years of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Arguably the most ghastly attacks in modern Indian history, the attacks shook Mumbai to its core. Ten Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terrorists made their way into the financial capital of the country and gunned down over 160 people. Nine out of the ten terrorists were killed, one of them, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was caught alive. He was imprisoned and finally executed in November 2012. Today, we salute the martyrs
Major Unnikrishnan was leading his team of NSG Commandos to the sixth floor of the Taj Hotel and was instrumental in rescuing 14 hostages. During the firing from either side, one of his teammates was seriously injured. He bravely extracted his colleague from the terrorists and was even shot in the arm. He continued to fight and followed the terrorists who had escaped to another floor. He was then shot from the back.
Hemant Karkare was the Chief of Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad at the time and he died during the cross-firing between terrorists and Mumbai police at Rang Bhawan. The terrorist was later revealed to be Kasab. Another terrorist fired from his rifle and the bullet took Karkare’s life.
Vijay Salaskar was an encounter specialist in Mumbai Police. He had killed about 75 criminals during his tenure. He was in the car with Karkare when they ran into a terrorist who shot them.
He was the additional commissioner of police and was with Salaskar and Karkare in the car. He was also shot during the crossfire. He was the only one who retaliated to the fire, but unfortunately, lost his life.
Today, many took to Twitter to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks.
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11 years later, a lot has been said about the tragedy that commenced on 26/11/2008. The memory of standing outside helpless and of the carnage and loss of life, are still fresh and painful. We will not forget the scars and the needless suffering caused at the hospital, the railway station, the hotels and across the city. But most importantly, we remain proud of the spirit and the sense of unity displayed by Mumbai in all its power on that day. I will say it again: We can be hurt, but not knocked out.
Industrialist Ratan Tata shared a picture of the incident and wrote, “11 years later, a lot has been said about the tragedy that commenced on 26/11/2008. The memory of standing outside helpless and of the carnage and loss of life, are still fresh and painful.”
He went on to say that we as a people won’t forget the scars and the needless suffering of victims in hospitals, railway stations, and hotels across Mumbai. He also said that it was Mumbai’s undying spirit and power that was displayed in full force that day.
“We can be hurt, but not knocked out”, he wrote.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 26, 2019
salute .. in the sacrifice and the honour .. 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/aAHAxB1epl
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 26, 2019
Remembering all our heroes, our martyrs for their valour, courage and sacrifice. We salute you 🙏🏻 Jai Hind. #MumbaiTerrorAttacks
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) November 26, 2019
Paying homage to all the bravehearts of #MumbaiTerrorAttacks. We salute their courage and valour. Jai Hind.
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) November 26, 2019
11 years since 26/11.. We must never forget to thank and appreciate our forces who tirelessly serve and protect our nation. God bless them and their families. And a moment to pray for all those innocent lives that were lost during that time. 🙏🏼💔 #NeverForget
— Aftab Shivdasani (@AftabShivdasani) November 26, 2019
A humble salute to all the martyrs of the ghastly and horrific 26/11 terror attacks. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the families of all the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in this incident 🙏🏻 #NeverForget Jai Hind.
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) November 26, 2019
26/11 is a day to remember heroes who flushed out terrorists from the Taj Hotel.
— PM Sai Prasad🇮🇳 (@team_sai) November 26, 2019
Tributes to brave son of the soil, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the hero of cowardly #MumbaiAttacks on his 11th death anniversary 🙏🙏Indians will never forget your supreme sacrifice 🙏🙏 Tributes to all other martyrs too. pic.twitter.com/dpQLdtZclU
— Chowkidar Abhishek Mukherjee (@chowkidarAbhi) November 25, 2019
Let's take a moment and remember Th Heroes of 26/11 Mumbai attack who bravely fought the terrorists and sacrifice their life for us.
We Salute You 🖖
— Jiतेন 🇮🇳 (@im_jiten02) November 25, 2019
We shows our unity in diversity.
Doesn't matter how much we are culturally different but we are Indians by heart.
Remembering #MumbaiTerrorAttack on it's 11th anniversary.#MumbaiTerrorAttack#MumbaiAttacks pic.twitter.com/8ANQtlXwHs
— AMULYA RATNA TIWARI (@AMULYAART7) November 25, 2019
India can never forget those heartbreaking four days. We salute the martyrs who laid down their lives for our fellow countrymen. We thank you for your sacrifice and laud you for your bravery.
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