Nine years on, the scars of 26/11 terror attacks are yet to heal

MUMBAI: Nine years ago, ten Pakistani men took Mumbai hostage for three days as they launched a series of coordinated attacks at several high profile locations in the city. The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks left 166 people dead and over 300 people injured. Upon realising that Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was under attack, Vishnu Dattaram Zende, an announcer then with the suburban division, started making fervent pleas to hundreds of commuters to avoid the Main Line exit gate and take the rear gate instead. He kept announcing the whereabouts of the terrorists for 25 minutes, both in Hindi and Marathi. Nine years, one promotion, prize money from the then railway minister and also, a…