The mournful first anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

India will NEVER forgive, NEVER forget.

That has been the slogan of all enraged Indians since this day last year. AllAboutIndia stands up and salutes all the  soldiers, policemen and NSG commandos who bravely laid down their lives fighting for the country on this very day last year in Mumbai and also our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to families of the victims of these dreadful attacks carried out by 10 Pakistani terrorists. Thank you Indian Armed Forces – for billions of Indians can lead a safe, happy life in the country when you struggle day and night protecting our borders from such anti-social elements.

Right so let’s get you the exact details of what really happened on that  fateful week of one of India’s worst ever attacks ever

Entry into India and initial attacks

Date Estimated Time
(+0530 UTC)
21 Nov evening Ten terrorists leave Karachi, Pakistan in a boat & travel for thirty-eight hours, remaining undetected by the Indian Navy.
22 Nov Each of the 10 men is given 6 to 7 magazines of 30 rounds each plus 400 rounds not loaded in magazines, 8 hand grenades, one AK-47 assault rifle, an automatic loading revolver, credit cards and a supply of dried fruit.
23 Nov The terrorists hijack an Indian trawler, the Kuber, killing four fishermen and ordering the captain to sail to India.
26 Nov dusk They reach within four nautical miles (7 kilometres) of Mumbai and kill the captain. They then proceed to board three inflatable speedboats and proceed towards Colaba jetty
26 Nov 20:10 The first boat carrying around ten of them with several large bags docks at Macchimar Nagar, in Mumbai’s Cuffe Parade neighbourhood, where six of the men disembark and the rest continue sailing along the shore. When local residents ask about their occupation, the group responds that they are students.
26 Nov 20:30 Another such incident plays out in Colaba, when the remaining men come ashore at Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade. They reportedly tell local Marathi-speaking fishermen to mind their business before they split up and head two different ways.
26 Nov Two terrorists attack Leopold Cafe, spraying bullets onto the people inside before fleeing. 10 people are killed and many are injured, including a Reuters news reporter. Terrorists also plant bombs in two taxis, killing 5 people and wounding 15.
26 Nov Four of the men enter the Taj Mahal Hotel, two enter the Oberoi Trident, two enter Nariman House, and the other two men, Ajmal Kasab and Ismail, take a taxi to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
26 Nov 21:20 Armed with AK-47 rifles, Ajmal and Ismail enter the passenger hall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, open fire and throw grenades, killing 52 people and wounding 109
26 Nov 22:30 They then proceed to the Cama Hospital. The Hospital staff, noticing their approach, lock all of the patient’s rooms. The two men reach the Hospital, opening fire there. ATS chief Hemant Karkare attempts to chase them in a jeep, but is gunned down, along with three of his men. The terrorists then hijack the jeep and drive away, but are intercepted by a team from the Gamdevi police station near the pedestrian bridge at Girgaum Chowpatty (Coordinates: 18°57?20?N 72°48?46?E? / ?18.955552°N 72.812909°E? / 18.955552; 72.812909). Ismail is killed and Kasab is arrested.

At the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel

Sources: NDTV, Evening Standard, and BBC

Date Estimated Time
(+0530 UTC)
26 Nov 23:00 Terrorists enter Taj hotel.
27 Nov 00:00 Mumbai police surround the hotel.
27 Nov 01:00 Massive blast in the central dome, fire in the building.
27 Nov 02:30 Army soldiers arrive in two trucks and enter the front lobby. Fire spreads across the top floor.
27 Nov 03:00 Fire engines arrive. Shooting is heard inside lobby and heritage building.
27 Nov 04:00 Firemen rescue people with ladders. More than 200 people evacuated.
27 Nov 04:30 Terrorists reported to move from central dome to new tower.
27 Nov 05:00 Commandos and Bomb squad arrive. Police step up pressure.
27 Nov 05:30 Fire brought under control but terrorists holed up in new tower with 100 to 150 hostages.
27 Nov 06:30 Security forces say they are ready for encounter.
27 Nov 08:00 People are brought out of the lobby.
27 Nov 08:30 Another 50 people brought out of Chambers Club.
27 Nov 09:00 More rounds of firing, many more people reported to be still inside.
27 Nov 10:30 Gun battle reported from inside hotel.
27 Nov 12:00 50 people evacuated.
27 Nov 16:30 Terrorists set fire to a room on the 4th floor
27 Nov 19:20 More NSG commandos arrive, enter hotel.
27 Nov 23:00 Operations continue.
27 Nov 14:53 Six bodies recovered.
27-28 Nov 14:53 – 15:59 Ten grenade explosions.
28 Nov 15:00 Marine commandos recover explosives from Taj.
28 Nov 16.00 12 to 15 bodies recovered from the Taj by naval commandos.
28 Nov 19:30 Fresh explosions and gun shots at Taj Hotel.
28 Nov 20:30 Report that one terrorist remains at the Taj.
29 Nov 03:40 – 04:10 Reports of five explosions at the Taj.
29 Nov 04:20 The Taj Mahal Hotel is reported to be completely under government control.
29 Nov 05:05 Revised estimate of one terrorist remaining.
29 Nov 07:30 Fire raging on first floor. Black smoke on second floor. Gunshots heard frequently — apparent gun battle.
29 Nov 08:00 Indian commandos state that the Taj Hotel is now under control though they are still conducting room to room searches. People celebrate on the streets.

At the Oberoi Trident

Date Estimated Time Event
27 Nov 06:00 NSG arrives, storms hotel.
27 Nov 08:40 Firing heard, top army, navy officers arrive and take stock.
27 Nov 13:30 Two small explosions. More reinforcements enter building.
27 Nov 15:25 Some foreign hostages rescued.
27 Nov 17:35 Sikh regiment arrives, fierce gun battle.
27 Nov 18:00 27 hostages exit Air India building, four foreigners taken to hospital.
27 Nov 18:45 Explosion heard. Two NSG guards, 25 army personnel suspected injured. More people rescued, 31 in total.
27 Nov 19:10 1 terrorist arrested.
27 Nov 19:25 Fire breaks out on 4th floor.
27 Nov 23:00 Operations continue.
28 Nov 10:00 Many hostages evacuated from the Trident building.
28 Nov 15:00 Commando operations at Oberoi over, 24 bodies recovered. 143 hostages rescued alive. Two terrorists are shot dead.

At the Nariman House

Date Estimated Time Event
27 Nov 07:00 Police begin evacuating adjacent buildings.
27 Nov 11:00 Cross firing between terrorists and police; one terrorist injured.
27 Nov 14:45 Terrorists throw grenade into nearby lane; no casualties.
27 Nov 17:30 NSG commandos arrive, naval helicopter takes aerial survey.
27 Nov 23:00 Operations continue.
27 Nov 00:00 9 hostages are rescued from the first floor.
28 Nov 07:30 NSG commandos are fast-rope from helicopters onto the roof of Nariman house. To prevent an attack on the commandos, snipers are positioned in nearby buildings.
28 Nov 19:30 Commandos find all 6 hostages, including the rabbi and his wife, tortured and murdered by the terrorists.
28 Nov 20:30 NSG commandos kill the 2 terrorists in a fierce gun battle and declare the operation over.


While enjoying day to day life and being lucky to be in a safe country do remember these words often

ai mere vatan ke logon
zaraa aankh mein bhar lo paani
jo shahiid hue hain unki
zara yaad karo qurabaani

And feel proud to be an Indian.