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26/11 panel chief lauds role of 'unsung heroes'

india Updated: Jun 21, 2009 15:50 IST

Former Union Home Secretary Ram Pradhan, who headed the 26/11 terror attacks probe panel, has lauded the role played by what he called 'unsung heroes' during the crisis.

Several policemen are yet to get adequate recognition, he said.

DCPs Vishwas Nangre Patil and Rajvardhan moved inside Taj and tried to ferret out terrorists. Sadanand Date, Additional CP, battled on fifth floor of Cama Hospital and
Additional CP Kargaonkar, who went inside from Trident to Oberoi to engage terrorists, Pradhan said.

Pradhan also singled out Sunil Kudiyady, security manager of Taj hotel, who accompanied young officers to show them way inside the complex Taj heritage structure.

Without Kudiyadi's help, nothing could have been done, he added.

In Trident-Oberoi, Commodore Nagmote, Security General Manager accompanied police to rescue guests and take out bodies of the dead.

He was a witness to bombs and AK-47 firing in the Atrium by terrorists perched on higher floors, he said.

An exceptional act of bravery was of Rajesh Kadam, manager of Kandahar restaurant, who swiftly locked the glass door and asked guests to get out. He remained there to witness killing of guests, whom he was serving a few seconds earlier, Pradhan said.