On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel has issued a memoriam in honour of those who 'shone their light through bravery, and courage and compassion'. The Taj Hotel in Mumbai is one of the main locations where the ten LeT terrorists carried out bomb explosions and held innocents hostage.
"10 years ago, we saw the darkest of days But we also saw the brightest of lights shine through. Today, we choose to celebrate the heroes. To recognize the courage and compassion that elicited support from across the world. Ít was a day that united us. Today, we stand stronger, and shine brighter than ever before", wrote the Hotel.
Hundred and sixty-six people were killed and at least 300 people were injured in the 26/11 attack of which 31 people died in the hotel. The hostage situation lasted for three days. Only one terrorist Ajmal Kasab was caught alive and was hanged in November 21, 2012 in Yerawada jail in Pune and buried there.
The survivors of the terror attack in the hotel had a lot of praise for the staff who ensured that the guests remained calm during the ordeal and were able to help them be rescued by the security forces.
NSG's Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was one of the 26/11 heroes who was martyred in the attack at the Taj hotel. He was leading a team of NSG commandos to remove the terrorists from the hotel in Mumbai.
He came under the firings of the terrorists and was fatally wounded. He was able to rescue 14 hostages before falling to the shots and was conferred Ashok Chakra, the country's highest peacetime gallantry award, on 26 January 2009.