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Cop recounts fight with 26/11 terrorists at Oberoi

mumbai Updated: Sep 22, 2009 20:45 IST

A police officer who fought the terrorists at hotel Trident, one of the sites of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, on Tuesday testified before the trial court in Mumbai, recalling how he escaped the bullets fired by two gunmen.

"I saw two gunmen firing in 'Tiffin' restaurant in Trident-Oberoi. I retaliated by firing two rounds at them from my revolver. The duo fired at me but I took cover behind a wall and escaped the bullets," Inspector Bhagwat Bansole said.

"Immediately I informed control room to send police force and a contingent of 88 CRPF personnel arrived at the hotel", Bansole told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

The witness further said that he continuously heard gunshots, noise of hand grenades explosion and people wailing in the hotel. The National Security Guards arrived the next day, November 27, and the operation continued until the attackers were shot dead on November 28.

Inspector Bansole registered an FIR after the operation was over and his statement was recorded by police.

He said the two terrorists were medium built and aged 29-30 years. The duos were identified as Fahadulla and Abdul Rehman Chota.

Thirty-five persons, including nine foreigners were killed and 24 guests, including five foreigners, were injured.

The terrorists had also planted two bombs - one at the main gate of the hotel and the other at Tiffin restaurant -which had exploded, killing several people.