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Mumbai Moves Toward Normalcy After Terror Attack, Politicians Resign

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Citizens of Mumbai are attempting to return to normal activities, two days after a bloody terrorist assault on their city came to an end.

One of the targets, the tourist friendly Cafe Leopold, has reopened its doors to diners. And people are getting back to their daily business in the city.

Meanwhile, the fallout of the attacks is being felt in the political realm. The chief minister of the Indian state of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, says he is willing to step down to take responsibility for perceived shortcomings. At a news conference today (Monday), Deshmukh said he is waiting for leaders from his ruling Congress Party to make a final decision.

His second-in-command in the state where Mumbai is located, Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil, has already resigned.

And, on Sunday, at the federal level, Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned and was replaced by Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram.

Last week's three-day assault on Mumbai killed about 175 people, including at least 18 foreigners, at 10 locations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a meeting of political parties in New Delhi Sunday that the government is expanding India's main anti-terror force (, the National Security Guard).

He also announced the formation of a new federal investigative agency, as well as stepped-up air and maritime security.

In a separate development today, a Muslim graveyard in Mumbai rejected the bodies of the nine dead attackers. Graveyard officials said they should not be buried on Indian soil.

Indian commandos killed the gunmen during the 60-hour siege that began Wednesday with coordinated attacks across the city.

One attacker was captured and identified as a Pakistani. At least one senior Indian police official has said the gunmen were trained at a camp linked to Pakistan.

Pakistan's government has denied involvement.

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