The people of Mumbai have been attending ceremonies to mark the first anniversary of the city’s worst terrorist attacks.
Vigils, prayer services and a wall of tributes have been organised to remember the 166 lives lost. Shaina NC, a local fashion designer turned politician helped organise the day’s events. She said: “We basically want to make sure that 26/11 is not just forgotten. With this one and a half kilometre long stretch of wall there will be a memory, a memory that everyone can remember. And not just remember but also show the unity of Mumbai city and that no terror attack dare attack us again.” With its 18 million people, India’s bustling business hub remains vulnerable to more attacks. But the Indian government says the police and the military are better equipped and better trained to deal with any repeat. A year ago, it took commando units nearly three days to contain 10 gunmen. Nine of the attackers were killed, the other is on trial in India and faces the death penalty if convicted. While many Indians blame their government for being under prepared, the Indian government has blamed Pakistan for not controlling militants. On the eve of the first anniversary, seven people were formally charged by Pakistani prosecutors for helping to plan the attacks. Last Friday two Pakistani men were arrested in Italy, accused of giving their financial support to those responsible.