Nariman house screams loud of bullet marks after one year

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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