Interior Minister Shivraj Patil (photo) and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan have tendered their resignation over the attacks on Mumbai. Life for residents and businesses slowly gets back to normal in India's economic capital.
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(Reuters) - The fallout from a three-day rampage that killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai threatened to unravel
Newspaper commentaries blasted politicians for failing to prevent the attacks and for taking advantage of its fallout before elections on
Federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his resignation,
Indian TV reported that National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan had also resigned.
Indian officials have said most, if not all, of the 10 Islamist attackers who held Mumbai hostage with frenzied attacks using assault rifles and grenades came from
The tension has raised the prospect of a breakdown of peace efforts going on since 2004. The two nations have fought three wars since 1947, when Muslim Pakistan was carved out of Hindu-majority
They went to the brink of a fourth conflict after a 2001 militant attack on the Indian parliament which
"We will increase security and strengthen it at a war level like we have never done it before,"
An official in
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani telephoned opposition politicians late on Saturday to brief them on the crisis and garner support.
"These political leaders assured the prime minister of their full support and cooperation at this critical juncture," Gilani's office said.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said he would act swiftly on any evidence of Pakistani involvement.
Mopping the blood
The three-day rampage and siege in Mumbai turned
On Sunday morning, the smell of disinfectant was strong outside Cafe Leopold, and the sidewalk wet from mopping -- a different sight from Wednesday night, when blood-splattered shoes and napkins lay strewn among broken furniture and glass.
"We've cleaned up, put everything in order," said Farhang Jehani, who owns and runs the cafe with his brother.
It opened briefly before police came and shut it down again, saying investigations needed to be completed first.
Elsewhere in the trendy Colaba district where the fighting took place, shops were open and traffic flowed despite police barricades and heavy clean-up work around the Taj Mahal hotel, a 105-year-old landmark and the site of the longest siege.
Broken windows were boarded up and firemen used a hydraulic crane to reach the sixth floor, gutted by a fire set by the militants as they fought dozens of commandos in the labyrinthine hotel. Some of its passages didn't appear on the hotel's plans, slowing the military operations.
Elite Black Cat commandos killed the last of the gunmen on Saturday after three days of room-to-room battling inside the Taj, one of several landmarks struck in coordinated attacks on Wednesday night.
Hundreds of people, many of them Westerners, were trapped or taken hostage as the gunmen hurled grenades and fired indiscriminately. At least 22 of those killed were foreigners, including businessmen and tourists.
Nine gunmen and 20 police and soldiers were also killed. A tenth militant was caught alive.
The attacks struck at the heart of Mumbai, the engine of an economic boom that has made
The city of 18 million is also home to the "Bollywood" film industry, the epitome of glamour in a country blighted by poverty.
Date created : 2008-11-30