Tag Archives: Mumbai terror attacks

Review: 26/11 Probe: Why Judiaciary Also Failed

S M Mushrif’s book (26/11 Probe: Why Judiaciary Also Failed, a sequel to Who Killed Karkare: The Real Face of Terrorism in India) is a powerful indictment of the IB and the Hindutva groups, and should compell the authorities to give an honest answer, says Ram Puniyani in Tehelka

26-11SM Mushrif does a commendable job of collating all the available evidence and coming out with a revelatory book, Who Killed Karkare: The Real Face of Terrorism in India. In summary, Mushrif challenges the theory put forward by police and argues that apart from eight terrorists who landed from Pakistan, there were two more who were from the Hindutva groups, who had, in collaboration with the Intelligence Bureau (IB), taken advantage of the knowledge that Pakistani terrorists were coming to Mumbai. But instead of alerting the Navy and other authorities concerned, who could have averted the attack, the IB played a different game. Hindutva groups swung into action and planned to eliminate Karkare. When he was doing his job meticulously, the Hindutva political group Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna wrote in the editorial that they’d spit on the face of Karkare. The present prime ministerial candidate from BJP, Narendra Modi, called Karkare anti-national.

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A Conversation With: Author Adrian Levy

Majid Maqbool interviews Adrian Levy, co-author of “The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel”: NYT

adrian_cathyIn 9/11 and 7/11 [the July 11, 2006, train bombings in Mumbai] much was known. The protagonists, some of them, were being tailed. And yet both calamities occurred. Knowing and preventing are two different things. But the lack of care is palpable. There was inadequate development of intelligence, certainly, and the police, when they tried, in July 2008, were positively lambasted and stymied.

There are other more worrying disasters. The police could have gone in early and caught out the gunmen on the sixth and then fifth floors. The fidayeens quad had made a tactical error in bedding down in two rooms, first on the sixth and then the floor below. Here they could have been shut down before they acclimatized to the Taj. However, the police commissioner declined to allow the operation despite the protests of his men inside the hotel. Instead, he ordered the men stand down until the N.S.G. [National Security Guard] arrived, which, as we now know, was 12 hours later.

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Ensconced in luxury, as terror pays a visit

Siege‘The Siege’ by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy describes the attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai: NYT

On the evening of Nov. 26, 2008, as heavily armed Pakistani terrorists raced to infiltrate the five-star Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and other tourist sites in Mumbai in a spectacular coordinated attack, the hotel’s executive chef, Hemant Oberoi, feared he was falling behind.

The Taj was filled, as usual, with the wealthy and renowned. But there was also a wedding that night, three banquets to attend to, and a birthday party. What’s more, the country’s most imperious food critic, Sabina Sehgal Saikia, formerly of The Times of India, was staying on the sixth floor.

Ms. Saikia rumbled unhappily. “After three days of eating and drinking,” Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy write in “The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel,” “her body had revolted, and when her butler had come over to help, she had vomited on his shoe.”

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