Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Ones We missed...

Everyone is aware of the role played by the NSG, Marcos and the ATS in fighting the terrorists who attacked Mumbai. However the role of the Mumbai Police seems to have escaped the public eye. It was baton weilding policemen who led to the capture of the lone live terrorist. And please find time to watch this CCTV footage captured during the initial stages of the terrorists occupying the Taj. The police on the second floor were told to hold the terrorists at bay on the fifth floor. Though armed with handguns and World War I vintage 0.303 rifles against AK 47 assault rifles and and grenades, they put up a brave front. To point out the enormity of their task, consider the fact that the .303 is a bolt action rifle which has to be manually loaded after firing each round. Compare this to the 600 rounds per minute rate of fire of the Kalashnikov, which is widely rated among the top two assault rifles in the world. And then the terrorists lobbed a few grenades to add to the horror.
In the face of such insurmountable odds, listen to the calm conversation between the policemen. I quote, "We will not allow them to come down, though we die. That we will do sir. Over sir"
This is courage. These are real life heroes. I am speechless.

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6 Comments:

Blogger J@$m!ne said...

great post... unfortunately, there was no mention of these people on any of the news channels in India..

12/08/2008 7:20 am  
Blogger 666 said...

fabulous man.. glad that you wrote this post. A few responsible citizens are what our country needs!

Allow me to link this post of yours. I think this needs to be told around.

12/08/2008 9:06 am  
Blogger EQUINOX said...

@ Jasmine: That is really sad. our media needs a lot of change too.

@ 666: Sure, go ahead! People need to know this. And we need to ensure we do not forget the events that took place in a hurry. We need to fight back in every little way we can.

12/08/2008 9:37 am  
Blogger Neers said...

so am i ... and every time i watch, read or think of it .... two things happen... my mind tries to capture all such acts of terror n war in the history and the stones of silence of one of those corners inside digs deeper.

12/23/2008 1:12 am  
Blogger nib said...

you said it man!!!

12/26/2008 11:17 am  
Blogger Fighter Jet said...

My heart swelled with pride ....if only these men were given due recognition by all the media alike.

1/02/2009 1:43 pm  

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