‘Sachin Singh was only four when a bullet pierced his left hand at the Chhatrapaji Shivaji railway station, where he was waiting with his mother for a train, five years ago. Another bullet grazed his stomach and yet another , his thighs. His mother was shot in the stomach.
“My hand hurts at times, especially when I play cricket. I can’t do anything but wait for the pain to disappear,” said the nine-year-old, who was at the station with his parents to pay tribute to those who died in the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. “ I still remember seeing Kasab. He passed by with his friend and started shooting. After that I remember being taken to hospital. That’s it. Then I spent three months in the hospital with my mother,” Sachin recollects. His mother Poonam said that the revisit to the station was like reliving the nightmare. “Our family is in Uttar Pradesh state, so we go there by train very often. Every time we come here, my fears return and I start remembering that helpless night,” she said.’ (excerpt from an article published in The Hindu, Dt 26th Nov 2013)
‘The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India’s largest city, by the members of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan’s ISI. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.
Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children’s hospital), the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado’ to flush out the remaining attackers; it resulted in the deaths of the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel and ending all fighting in the attacks.’ (Source: Wikipedia)