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26/11 Mumbai attacks: Security up at key spots,scars remain


As India marks the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks today,it is "important" that the perpetrators of the "terrible crime" should be brought to justice,UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said. The 26/11 terror attacks,in which 166 people were killed,was a "terrible crime,an awful terrorist attack," Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky said.
Taj Mahal Hotel on fire on the day of the aatack. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)


Five years ago,10 LeT terrorists launched coordinated attacks across key locations in Mumbai killing 166 people,including American citizens. India has demanded that the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage should be brought to justice and Pakistan should swiftly conclude the 26/11 trial of the accused. (IE Photo)


"Certainly,it is important that those who were responsible are brought to justice. There has already been some action in that regard," he said. A commemorative event marking the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks has been organised in New York today by the American India Public Affairs Committee along with the American Jewish Committee Asia Pacific Region. (PTI)


It feels Pakistan is not making any progress in its investigation of the attack and those responsible for it. In a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had demanded effective action to bring to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack. Sharif had told Singh that action would be taken against the perpetrators.
Police personnel combing Hotel Taj Mahal inside the guest rooms on the day of the attack. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)


Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale shared his experience of the night of the terror attacks and his interaction with Ajmal Kasab,the lone terrorist captured alive during the attacks. On the night of the 26/11 attacks,Mahale was outside Hotel Trident,co-ordinating rescue operations,when he was sent to Nair Hospital. (IE Photo: Kevin D'souza)


Mahale,then a Senior Inspector with the Crime Branch,said his brief was clear: a "fidayeen" had been picked up alive and he had to interrogate him. Recalling the journey to the hospital,Mahale remembers how he kept repeating the word "fidayeen" to himself. (IE Photo: Kevin D'souza)


Mahale said that one morning in January 2009,Ajmal Kasab told him: "It has been eight years and you haven't hanged Afzal Guru,I have enough time."

Commuters and eyewitnesses remain shell shocked at the indiscriminate firing that took place at CST on the day of the attack. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kocharekar)


Mahale was surprised: "I was unaware of the number of years Guru had been waiting. Further questioning revealed that Kasab had not only undergone physical training,but also knew enough about our legal landscape," he recalls,five years after the Mumbai Attacks. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)


Having worked in terror cases before,Mahale knew that "direct evidence" was everything. "We needed proof. Aur Pakistan ko ungli karne ke liye,pehli baar kuch haath laga tha (we got the chance to blame Pakistan for the first time)," he says. (IE Photo)


Chairs were arranged next to Kasab's bed and for over three hours,he spoke to him. "You could see the level of training from the first day itself. He spoke without fear,and there was a sense of total surrender in his words. His eyes never wavered," recalls Mahale. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)


Mahale also recalled his last conversation with Ajmal Kasab. “Before we parted,I told him,'Afzal Guru ko aat saal lage,tere liye sirf char (Afzal Guru's case has taken eight years,yours took just four years)'. He just smiled,walked a step and turned. 'Bas aap logon ki jeet hai (It is your victory),' he said," said Mahale,who has since taken voluntary retirement. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)


On the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks the Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government to inform what follow up action it had taken after the state Director General of Police wrote to the Centre recommending gallantry awards to police bomb disposal squad,who risked their lives during the 26/11 terror attacks.
Last tributes being paid to encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar at Jogeshwari Crematorium. (IE Photo: Mahendra Parikh)


The direction was given by a bench headed by Justice P V Hardas on a PIL filed by former scribe Ketan Tirodkar demanding 'Ashok Chakra' awards to martyrs of Mumbai terror attacks and petrol pump allotments to their kin.
Family members of Railway Police Inspector Shashank Shinde,who was killed in the attacks,perform last rites before taking his body to the funeral ground. (IE Photo: Pradip Das)


Government pleader Aruna Pai informed that the DGP had written a letter to the Centre recommending awards for the bomb disposal squad of the police department.
Family of Inspector Prakash More,who was killed in the terror attacks,mourn his death at their residence in Mulund. More is survived by his mother (extreme right),wife (centre),son Pratik (18) and daughter Anoushka (extreme left). (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)


Tirodkar said that no one from the Bomb Disposal Squad who was involved in defusing hand grenades,bombs and other explosives during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was insured. Such people always work during crisis at the risk of their lives and hence they should be suitably rewarded.
Five years after 26\11 terror attack in Mumbai,security at Kama Hospital from backside gate,near CST station. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

The Court asked the state government to inform after two weeks what follow up measures it had taken with the Union Government after the DGP recommended awards for the bomb disposal squad members. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)