Kanika Saxena and her two friends managed to convince the police to let them inside the cordoned off area around Taj Mahal Palace on Friday to pray for those killed in the 26/11 terror attacks.
The trio stood on the pavement at the hotel’s back entrance with folded hands and said a silent prayer. But before they could light candles, the police asked them to vacate the area.
Wearing a deserted look, the area around Taj hotel and the Gateway of India resembled a fortress with security around the 1.5-km radius.
“Though we lost no one we knew in the attacks, the trauma is still fresh in our minds. We came here to pray for their souls,” Saxena said.
The hotel, where 36 people were killed, held a private memorial service.