President Ram Nath Kovind led the country on Friday in paying tribute to those who were killed in the terror attacks on India's financial capital on November 26, 2008. On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Union Ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised the exemplary courage and determination shown by the security forces in defeating the terrorists.
"My heartfelt tributes to the martyrs and homage to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The nation will always be grateful for the bravery and sacrifice of the security forces who laid down their lives in the line of duty," President Kovind wrote on Twitter.
My heartfelt tributes to the martyrs and homage to the victims of the 26/11 #MumbaiTerrorAttacks. The nation will always be grateful for the bravery and sacrifice of the security forces who laid down their lives in the line of duty.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 26, 2021
Home Minister Amit Shah, in a tweet in Hindi, said that India will always be indebted to the ultimate sacrifice of the security forces. "I pay homage to those who died in the 26/11 attacks and salute the bravery of all the security forces personnel who showed indomitable spirit against a cowardly attack. The whole nation is proud of your courage and will remain indebted to your sacrifice," read his post.
मुंबई 26/11 आतंकी हमलों में जान गंवाने वालों को भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि देता हूँ और उन सभी सुरक्षाकर्मियों के साहस को सलाम करता हूं, जिन्होंने कायरतापूर्ण हमलों में आतंकवादियों का डटकर सामना किया। पूरे देश को आपकी वीरता पर गर्व रहेगा। कृतज्ञ राष्ट्र सदैव आपके बलिदान का ऋणी रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/rgW2xsoXVj— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 26, 2021
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh saluted the bravery and sacrifice of security forces and said the country today remembers the innocent lives lost on this day 13 years ago.
On the 13th anniversary of the November 26th terror attack on Mumbai, we remember the innocent lives we lost.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 26, 2021
My tributes to everyone who lost their lives in those attacks. Our security forces displayed exemplary courage during 26/11 attacks. I salute their bravery & sacrifice.
Smriti Irani, Minister for Women and Child Development, shared a photo of a candle lit in memory of the victims and wrote, "Never forget".
26/11 - Never forget! pic.twitter.com/L0IZugS880— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 26, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his party too paid their tributes to those who lost their lives in the attacks. Mr Gandhi wrote a couplet praising the valour of our soldiers along with a video montage of the security personnel who fought the terrorists.
सीमा पर कठिन मौसम में परिवार से दूर रहकर देश की रक्षा करता है।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 26, 2021
आतंकवादी हमले में अपनी जान की बाज़ी लगाकर मासूमों को बचाता है।
जान की नहीं, जहान की फ़िक्र करता है।
परिवार की, गाँव की, देश की शान है- ऐसा मेरे देश का जवान है।
26/11 #MumbaiTerrorAttack के वीरों को नमन।
जय हिंद! pic.twitter.com/fFVQTGjMmx
“Terror cannot break the unity and strength of India,” the Congress party added.
We pay homage to all the victims and martyrs who lost their lives during the gruesome Mumbai attacks in 2008. Terror cannot break the unity and strength of India. pic.twitter.com/sJJGSGhaYg— Congress (@INCIndia) November 26, 2021
“We will forever carry their unyielding spirits in our hearts. Their sacrifice will always be remembered,” wrote Mumbai Police.
Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik also paid his homage to the bravehearts.
Never forget. pic.twitter.com/vSoIul8uEr— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) November 26, 2021
On November 26, 2008, a series of attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists killed 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injured several others, during their 60-hour siege of Mumbai. Security forces eliminated nine of the 10 terrorists. The lone surviving terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, was hanged on November 21, 2021.