Nariman house screams loud of bullet marks after one year
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009, 20:06
  
Mumbai: Nariman House, one of the sites where terror struck last year this day, still screams loud of the bullet marks, hand grenades and rocket launchers that were exchanged at the Jewish complex that shook the closely-knit small community across the world.

The Chabad House, also known as Nariman House, was for the first time opened for the members of the Jewish community and media today to pay homage to the victims of 26/11.

Several portraits of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who were among the six victims who lost their lives, have been portrayed in the by-lanes of Chabad House, closed to public today.

The scars and the eerie silence at the Jewish centre in the bustling street of Colaba is a testament of how much remains unchanged when Pakistani terrorists armed with weapons and explosives fanned the Nariman House paralysing the area for three days.

One is welcomed with a smiling photograph of the Rabbi and his wife, taken after their marriage, inside the entrance of the building.

Several things in the five-storey building have not yet been disposed including the mattress, library books, furniture and a dust settled pram of Baby Moshe.

Though the second floor of the building wears a fresh look and is little less pierced with the marks of explosives, it was on this floor that the two terrorists--Babar Imran and Nasir ruthlessly killed the Rabbi, his pregnant wife and one of the guests.

The floor which houses a prayer hall, library, cyber café and the office of Rabbi Gavriel, witnessed the merciless killing of innocent people by the bloodthirsty terrorists in front of the Shrine of the Jewish God.

After partly accomplishing their mission, the terrorists then proceeded upstairs to look for more targets.

Indian nanny Sandra Samuel, who was hiding in the storage room of the first floor along with a cook Qazi Zakir Hussain, after hearing little Moshe's cries rushed to the second floor and wrapped him in her arms and fled out of the building.

The terror impact is seen the most on the fourth floor as every inch of its walls is pockmarked with bullets from both the sides. This floor, which was reserved for guests, witnessed the death of two Israeli women.

A huge cavity caused by a rocket launcher fired by the NSG commandos killing one terrorist still remains engraved on the wall opposite the main window on the fourth floor.

The only Jewish survivor of the attack, Daniel, had a miraculous escape after he jumped out of the third floor window from one air conditioner shaft to the other below.

Daniel who is now in Israel lives in isolation haunted with the dreaded memories, sources said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009, 20:06


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