26/11 memories still haunt me: Eyewitness

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26/11 memories still haunt me: Eyewitness

26/11 memories still haunt me: Eyewitness
2018-11-30 12:53:08

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Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, November 26
A decade back on this day, Mumbai faced the deadliest terror attack which claimed the lives of 166 people and left scars on the minds of its citizens. Though 10 years have passed, the incident still haunts those who saw death so closely. For Ajay Arora, a hotelier from Ludhiana, it was a nightmare. Talking to The Tribune, Arora said: “I still feel traumatised when someone asks me what happened that day. At the back of The Taj Mahal Palace, there is a hotel and I was staying there. On November 26, we had a meeting at the Taj hotel. In the evening when we were through with the meeting at the Taj hotel, I left for my hotel, which was a few metres away, around 6 pm”.
Continuing in a choked voice, Arora said within two hours after reaching his hotel room, he noticed there was unrest all over. People were running here and there in fear. “I asked my hotel staff what had happened. He gave me the shocking news that terrorists had attacked the Taj hotel and took the inmates hostage. I was totally shattered as some of my friends were insisting that I had dinner with them at the Taj hotel itself, but I refused and preferred to return to my hotel as I was tired. I felt so suffocated that at midnight, I left my hotel to be with one of my friends at Juhu. Till that time, the news of the attack had flashed all over the TV channels. There were endless calls from my friends and family members,” said Arora. He said today, 10 years after the ghastly attack, the Indian Government had moved a step closer to Pakistan Government with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, which was a great initiative. “But the unfortunate incident still haunts me,” said Arora.
Ten heavily armed terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba stormed the Taj hotel in Mumbai in 2008 and killed 164 people.



26/11 memories still haunt me: Eyewitness
2018-11-30 12:53:08

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