Eight years have passed since Mumbai and the country experienced the deadliest terror attack in the history of the nation. The maximum city was brought to a standstill as ten militants caused mayhem in South Mumbai for 60 odd hours
India is remembering the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its eighth anniversary on Saturday, as various events are being held across the nation, especially Mumbai, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the horrific attack.
On this day in 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carried out series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city. The attacks lasted four days killing 166 people and injuring over 300.
8 Years After 26/11 Terror Attacks, Is Mumbai Safe?
Soon after 26/11 terror attacks, a two-member was constituted by Maharastra government to find out the short comings of the Mumbai Police during the attacks. The committee which submitted its report after few months to the government highlighted glaring loopholes in the security cover and also recommended steps to tackle them.
Even more important is intelligence and information sharing and coordination between the various agencies involved – like police, coast guard, navy etc. A dedicated force would have been ideal but a lack of manpower and budget constraints remains a constant hurdle. The prank of two school children could well have played out very differently if a real infiltration occurred.
However, in our limited scope we shall be looking at the various key recommendations made by the committee regarding coastal security and there status as on date.