Government sources say they were 12 in number, entered through Sasoon Dock and then through the Gateway! I wonder if this was what the makers ever thought would serve as the gateway for! My question how can people, even if they were dressed as commoners, enter a city with this amount of explosives and arms – completely unnoticed? Better still – they enter the most prestigious hotel and check in as boarders! So much for SECURITY!
Café Leopold – The first target, at around 9:15 p.m. It gave me shudders to remember all the wonderful evenings I had spent at the café!
Next target – the petrol pump opposite the Bootleggers Pub! From here straight to Nariman House, of course in Police Vehicles! And then we are asked to believe that this country has an infrastructure to combat terrorism! The Nariman House trauma started from then and it still continues!
The night before, the next target was the ever busy CST…at 9:24 p.m. The time when most Mumbaiites take the return train! My friend working for TOI narrated how from the window they saw the two young boys with a strikingly fanatic expression on their faces casually shower bullets! “26 ki Diwali” is what the operation was called – and what A Diwali they made it to be!
9:30 p.m. – The Taj Hotel where they walked in casually through the service door! UNNOTICED!!!!! And inside they place their automatic guns on a tripod and fire while revolving the tripod!
Trident Hotel – 9:35 p.m.!
9:55 p.m. – A taxi blows off leaving three dead at Vile Parle.
10:15 p.m. – They come in a Mumbai Police vehicle – a Skoda and fire at the Cama Hospital!
Metro Cinema at 10:30 p.m., Wadi Bunder at 10:45 p.m., Girgaum Chowpatty at 10:50 p.m., a taxi in front of the Santa Cruz Domestic Airport at 11:10 p.m….was just the beginning….and we still accept that there were just 12 of them? They have to be Superhuman to be present in all these places at these small intervals to strike at this rate! And then – it has continued till now…Trident, Taj – apparently free of both terrorists and hostages…or are they? Why the fresh operations then? Why the fresh sounds of grenades and bullets the moment the news is flashed on national television?