Was it possible for the police to spot the 10 heavily armed terrorists travelling towards Machchimar Nagar in a dinghy?
Maybe, if the Marine Police boats had been on patrol in the area as they used to be.
The Ram Pradhan Committee report on the November 26, 2008, attack says the boats that were supposed to be patrolling the sea off Machchimar Nagar had been diverted since November 24 for an agitation of fisherfolk against the Bandra-Worli sealink.
These observations are made in the report Hindustan Times has accessed. The government has not made the entire report public.
Terming the coastal security arrangements cosmetic, the committee has wondered whether it is being looked at seriously. No information was available about the attack through the sea route.
The report also details how ill equipped the Mumbai Police were to handle a terror siege like that.
“The police responded quickly but in a way they handle the law and order situation. They were handicapped as the terrorists were well prepared,” says the report.
The police did not have any protective gear to counter the terrorists. Even the bulletproof vests purchased in 1993 were not useful enough.
“We were shown the jackets... They weighed some 10-12 kg. How can one resist the terrorist with such weight? The agility with which the terrorists moved and operated holds many lessons,” the report says.
It also says how Additional Commissioner Sadanand Date’s revolver didn’t fire when he was trying to resist terrorists at Cama Hospital.
Furthermore, it points out that the police did not have modern communication equipment for coordination.