Mumbai bustles as usual on 26/11 anniversary

Mumbai, Nov 26 ( Sending the strongest possible signal that they would not be deterred by terror, it was business as usual for Mumbai residents on the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks Thursday.

There would be many moments of silence, remembering and mourning later in the day, but the morning rush hour showed the resilience of India’s financial and entertainment capital, with commuter trains and buses packed and roads as choked with traffic as ever.

Taking no chances, police have maintained high levels of security all over the city since Wednesday, with armed personnel stopping and checking vehicles, especially at strategic points.

Security was especially tight at places like Chowpatty, Haji Ali, Prabhadevi, Worli, Bandra, Jogeshwari, around the Mumbai airport, the three main exit points connecting the city with the mainland and around the sites of the locations targeted one year ago.

Several public and private functions have been lined up during the day to remember the people who lost their lives in the 60-hour terror mayhem.

Some private and government offices shall observe two-minute silence to remember the victims, especially those who worked there.

Last year on this day, 10 terrorists who sneaked in from the Arabian Sea, targeted Mumbai in which 166 lives were lost. In the 60-hour operation, nine terrorists were killed by security forces.

One terrorist — Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab — was nabbed alive and is currently on trial.