Mumbai: Eleven years after the worst terror attack in India’s history which killed nearly 166 people including 18 security personnel in Mumbai, the sacrifices of the martyrs are still afresh in every Indian’s mind.
On the night of 26 November 2008, 10 Kalashnikov-wielding Pakistan-based terrorist entered the commercial capital via sea route. They struck simultaneously at various locations – the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Oberoi Trident hotel, the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold Café, Cama Hospital and the Nariman House Jewish community centre. Terrorists enfiladed with automatic fire, seemed at a war with India.
What can be termed as valorous move, the Mumbai police arrested a terrorist in the suicide attack – Ajmal Kasab which proved to be a game-changer in the interrogation process. He confessed to probing cobs stating that he was a Pakistani citizen and along with nine of his colleagues belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a jihadist group based in Pakistan.
But even in the face of terror, there were several brave hearts who firmly stood against the perpetrators and fought with valour in a bid to save the lives of scores of people.
The heroes who showed great valour in front of terror were – Tukaram Omble, Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Gajendra Singh Bisht.