The Indian-Americans along with other communities staged a demonstration in front of the Capitol Hill on November 25 on the eve of Mumbai terror attack’s 12-year-anniversary. On November 26, 2008, a group of Pakistani terrorists entered via sea route held to ransom the city of Mumbai and took lives of at least 160 people including foreigners.
To pay respect to the victims, a truck was included in the protest with the billboard asking for justice, outside Pakistan and Turkey’s embassies in the United States.
Twelve years ago, at least 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned Islamic terrorist organisation laid siege to the city of Mumbai for 72 hours. The main target of the attackers included Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Oberoi Trident, Nariman House and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus while having blueprints of all four sites.
In its nature, the attack is termed as one of a kind because it was for the first time when terrorists from across the border, entered India and held the financial capital hostage for three days. The local police, at the time, was not equipped to handle an attack of that magnitude and had to wait for National Security Guards (NSG) to arrive. The 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was followed by NSG conducting Operation Black tornado on November 29 to take out the remaining attackers at the Taj Hotel and ended the attacks.
Ajmal Kasab, one of the 10 attackers, had survived the attack and was taken into custody by the Mumbai police. Kasab was eventually hanged till death in November 2012 after his mercy plea to the President of India at the time, was rejected. The attack led to the resignations of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, and deputy CM R.R. Patil.