Anjali Kulthe emerged as a saviour after she saved many people during the Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11. Recently, she was seen speaking at the ‘UNSC Briefing: Global Counterterrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward' via video. Kulthe narrated her ordeal and disclosed that she saved 20 pregnant women in the advanced stages of pregnancy and kept them safe for about three hours.
The nursing officer at Cama and Albless Hospital pointed out that she was the fortunate one who survived the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Kulthe also touched upon the trauma and sorrow endured by the families of victims and survivors of terror attacks.
For those unaware, Anjali played a heroic role in saving the lives of numerous patients as the terror attacks perpetrated by the Pakistani terrorists unfolded in Mumbai at the Cama and Albless Government Hospital.
Touching upon the horrifying night, Anjali Kulthe elaborated on her struggle for survival as she said, "On November 26, 2008, I had the night shift in the antenatal care unit from 8 pm. 20 pregnant women were under my charge that night. An hour later we were informed that the city's main railway around a mile away from the hospital had been stormed by terrorists. Our senior officials called and asked us to prepare for an emergency. While we began preparing, we heard gunshots being fired at around 10:30 pm from behind the hospital. My helpers and I quickly moved to the window of my wards. We noticed two persons with guns entering the hospital after jumping over the walls. One of them fired at our window, and we closely escaped the bullet which hit a helper's thumb.”
An ANI report also suggested that on the fatal day of November 26, Anjali was on night duty in the antenatal ward at Cama and Albless hospital for Women and Children. While she was on duty, she peeked through the window and noticed that hospital guards were lying in a pool of blood. In no time, she instantly locked the doors of her ward and moved all the pregnant women into a small pantry space in the ward. She risked her own life to protect 20 pregnant women.
"I informed the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital that terrorists have entered our hospital and are firing. As I rushed to the first floor of the ward I saw the same two terrorists shooting the two security guards of the hospital. Both of them fell on the floor with their bodies heavily bleeding, I was extremely scared, but I gathered courage and rushed to the first floor. I closed the main iron door and shifted all the patients to the pantry with the help of another staff. I locked the door and switched off the lights so that the shooter could not see the patients. At all cost, I wanted to protect my patients," added Kulthe.
Meanwhile, during her appearance at ‘UNSC Briefing: Global Counterterrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward' she also spoke about Ajmal Kasab, the sole terrorist who was captured alive, and after a trial lasting almost four years and exhausting all legal remedies, he was hanged on November 21, 2012.
Speaking about the terrorist, she said, "Kasab smiled sarcastically, madam you recognised me", adding that he had, 'no remorse, no shame'. Reminds victims of 26/11 wait for justice.
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