Mumbai marks 2008 attacks, days after Kasab hanged

By AFP
Published: November 26, 2012

An Indian police officer pays his respects to police and uniformed personnel who lost their lives in 2008 terror attacks outside a railway station in Mumbai on November 26, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: Victims’ families laid wreaths at a memorial in south Mumbai on Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2008 attacks on the Indian city, less than a week after the only surviving gunman was executed.

Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was hanged in an Indian prison last Wednesday for his role in the three-day siege, which began on November 26, 2008 and left 166 people dead.

The Pakistani Taliban vowed reprisals unless his body, which was buried in prison, was returned to Pakistan.

“We have issued instructions to our police force to enhance vigilance, this being a 26/11 anniversary,” Mumbai’s joint commissioner of police Sadanand Date told AFP. “We have beefed up security at hotels, airports and crowded places.”

Relatives and government ministers attended a ceremony at a memorial to police officers who died during the attacks.

The targets included luxury hotels, a hospital, a busy train station and a Jewish centre, where candles were lit in remembrance on Monday.

A “peace march” was held in the city on Sunday night as a tribute to the victims.

Kasab was one of ten heavily-armed gunmen who stormed the city and the only one captured alive.

He was sentenced to death in May 2010 after being found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Jat
    Nov 26, 2012 - 7:12PM

    We will not forget…

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  • Rahul
    Nov 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    There should be momerial for people who died and scarificed their life on 26/11. So that we can never forgot the people who were resposible for the same.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 26, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Pakistani Media, columnists and leaders who were critical of Kasab’s hanging should realize that by their actions they have provided encouragement to the Talibans. The Talibans can do nothing to or in India. They will vent out their frustration against Pakistan and Pakistanis within Pakistan. The same advise goes to Mr. Anwer Mooraj for his recent column in the ET on Bal Thakere under the heading “The death of a Muslim hater”. Pakistani’s would do better if they realize that by going on and on with irrelevant incidences like Gujrat, Narendra Modi, Bal Thakere, Naxalite movements and Kashmir etc., they make the matters worse for themselves. TV anchors start their talk shows with their solemn proclamation “I do not support terrorist activities of any kind and I am against terrorism”. Then they go on and on with irrelevant incidences that indirectly justify the actions of terrorists in Pakistan. Watch “Khara Sach With Mubashir Luckman – Nov. 21″. He started of with the same proclamation then the whole show was a discussion on all the above I have mentioned and that too with a journalist whom I have not heard anywhere earlier. I would add that I was waiting for an informative Op.Ed. after Kasab’s hanging from the retired AVM supporting Hafiz Saeed furiously, but am disappointed. Hopefully, I may not have to wait long.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 26, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Speaking of mass murderers – how’s that Abbottabad report coming?Recommend

  • Mast Maula
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:14AM

    For anyone denying Pakistani involvement in Mumbai carnage should look at the HBO documentary “Terror in Mumbai” (2009) and hear the cold blooded conversation between the handlers in Pakistan and the terrorists. For all who think Kasab was a Hindu and should listen to the phone conversation captured by FBI ( USA) and IB India and say that was not a Pakistani Punjabi accent.
    Indians do not hate muslims, but certainly hate Pakistanis for their indifference towards Mumbai issue. Pakistanis compare it with daily terrorism in Pakistan and Samjahuta express but clearly miss the larger differences between that and what happened in Mumbai.
    Prayers for innocent lives lost and salute to brave who died trying to defend people.

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