On this day, it has been 13 years since the horrifying 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Everytime I think about these attacks, a chill goes down my spine.
On this day, 13 years ago, 10 young terrorists of Lakshar-e-Taiba entered Mumbai through the Arabian sea and caused a havoc no one could have ever imagined. They targeted 5 places and held mass shootings, injuring 300 people and killing over 166 people in the process. Though 9 of these terrorists died during the 4-day operation, 24 year old Ajmal Kasab was caught, who was responsible for the shootout on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.
During these 4 days, Mumbai and her people witnessed a horror like never before. It scarred them in a way one cannot describe. Mumbai and her people have gone through a lot, not only in the 26/11 attacks, but many others like the 1993 blasts, the 2006 train blasts among others. My heart goes out to the people who had to witnesses all this and who were directly affected by these horrifying incidents. No words can describe the pain of the people who have been involved in this .
26/11 will not be forgotten, and neither will the people who were in it.
I have written a poem dedicated to Mumbai 26/11 attacks.
On that day, Mumbai experienced a horror like never before
An incident that shook its people to their very core.
Some cried to express, some stayed silent,
They just couldn't digest an act so violent
Their pain had to be revealed,
Because sharing was the only way that they could heal.
It's been thirteen years now, but the chill is still the same
Of thinking about this, of hearing someone utter this name.
This attack may be written down in history,
But so will the way Mumbai and her people gained victory.
~ Aahana Jain