November 26th, 2008
10:35 PM ET

"Blood stains on the floor of the railway station"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/26/mumbai.witness/art.blood.ap.jpg caption="Blood stains the floor of the railway station."]
The Times of India

In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city's most high-profile targets - the hyper-busy rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard - killing at least 100 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports.

The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city's top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai's additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed.


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  1. Dharam Bahl

    We all Indians should feel ashamed to see all this happening in our homeland. The perpetrators did it so cooly and easily which boggled my mind. I am a naturalized US citizen, but my heart bleeds when I witness these cowardly and inhuman acts being perpetrated without the knowledge or should I say, due to the negligence of our politicians.

    I think, right now, it will be a futile effort to blame each other because the blame lies on both the public who elected inefficient and greedy politicians and the elected officials who showed no responsibility and rather proven to be negligent. With regret, I must say, that some officials did not even show any remorse of what had taken place in Mumbai.

    We should fight this menace and terror with a two- edged sword: Firstly, the public should get rid of all the politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, who have not shown any improvement or rather proven to be negligent in their respective portfolios. Secondly, Indian government should give a free hand to RAW to help Sikhs and the Sindhi community in Karachi, Pakistan create counter revolution and make Karachi area their own separate country. Both communities believe in the teachings of Shri Guru Nanakdevji Maharaj and follow Shri Guru Granth Sahib guidelines, and hence, can live in peace without any issues. Simultaneously, RAW should help people in Wazirstan area to have freedom from Pakistan. The ideology behind all this is to dismantle Pakistan further and let it remain a small insignificant and irrelevant country.

    Thirdly and lastly, if doable under the present government, attack Pakistan militarily and try to occupy Lahore and other areas. Once those areas come under the Indian forces, do not vacate until Pakistan signs an agreement to settle Kashmir issue. I am saying it because I do not think Pakistan can win a conventional war with India. However, one should keep in mind though that this could lead to a nuclear war also. That is the risk. Thinking of the worst, if Pakistan presses the button and unleash its nuclear arsenal, I want to make sure then Pakistan is wiped off the map regardless of number of lives are sacrificed. This sacrifice will be once, but at least the coming generations will have a peaceful life for a long time.

    Dharam Bahl
    Plainfield Illinois USA
    December 3, 2008

    December 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  2. J

    one thing I forgot to mentions is that the Rain terminal where several were killed. all the people were the poorest of the poor, beggars who use that as their home. Famers going to or visiting the city from and to their village. They sleep in the terminal as they cannot afford a hotel room. any of them will be the main earners for their family in the village. Most of their families will not even know of the terror and that their loved ones are dead. I heart and prayers are with them especially.

    November 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  3. J

    I am of origin India and was up most of the night following the happening in Mumbai. I am sad to see what the world has come to. Today the blame game has started India blame Pakistan and the Hindus will blame all the Indian Muslims. India will be on the brink of civil riot the like of what has not been seen since the partition. I urge Indian not to divide the country. Now more than ever you have to stay together to overcome the attack on the freedom and happiness. I remember from my days of growing up in India who we would celebrate all religious festivals. not the Indian politicians have divided the country on religious lines to gain and see where we are. I beg these Politics to please not divide further but unite the country. DONOT LET THERE WE COMMUNAL RIOTS
    These terrorist are cowards who through such cowards acts kill the innocent in the name of Religion, Political alignment and false believes. Why do they use the young who are so easily led astray????? While the masterminds hit like the cowards that they are hit hide.
    We are world citizens and we have to say enough is enough, my prayers and thoughts are with all the people involved not only in India but all over the world where the coward terrorists are active.

    November 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  4. helenzimmer

    very sad situtation in India. I pray for all those people.

    November 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  5. Gregory Scarborough

    These are absolutely not Muslims – Muslims by name only. No true Muslim living by their Faith would kill the Creation of Allah so indiscriminately – They are confused and need help. They do not follow their Prophet Mohammed nor the teachings of Jesus who Muslims should respect and follow as well – I hope all Muslims in the World will continue to denounce this insanity – another manifestation of the darkness and confusion of humanity which we have seen in nearly every religion, nearly every nation – and humanity is in a sick state, for the most part.

    November 26, 2008 at 10:45 pm |

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