Mumbai: Mumbai Police on Sunday released CCTV footage showing what transpired at the Taj Mahal hotel during the first couple of hours of the 60-hour-long siege that started on November 26.
The footage shows how DCP Vishwas Nagre Patil, accompanied by two police constables and two SRPF constables, stormed the Taj Mahal Hotel and engaged the terrorists holed up inside the Taj in a fierce gun battle.
With no bullet-proof jackets, they held fort for four hours till the soldiers from India’s elite Marine Commandos force took over.
"We did not want to give them any chance or any time to cause further damage. Our reaction time was just 15 minutes,” Patil says.
HOW IT BEGAN
At 2202 hrs IST on November 26, Patil’s team cornered the four terrorists in the North wing of the hotel.
In the heavy gun battle that ensued, they injured one terrorist, following which the terrorists started lobbing grenades from the upper floors.
While one SRPF constable was killed, one other along with two police constables was injured with severe burns on their faces.
The police team, meanwhile, started monitoring the CCTV footage from its control room and that's how they tracked the terrorists on the sixth floor of the hotel.
At 0300 hrs IST the next day, the DCP, another senior police official, and two Taj staffers Nausher and Puru reached the Taj ballroom and evacuated dozens of people with help of the fire brigade.
After the 26/11 terror attack, Mumbai Police has been criticised for being ill-equipped and understaffed, but the CCTV footage shows that the policemen were not short.