Mumbai Police a Big Failure

Here is a first hand account from the train station in Mumbai. The man telling the story is Sebastian D’Souza, a picture editor at the Mumbai Mirror who heard the first shots fired and ran to the station to document the carnage. As it turns out he had a lot more courage than the police.

A gunman walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital, killing people, taking Westerners hostage and leaving parts of the city under siege Thursday, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility. AP

“I first saw the gunmen outside the station,” Mr D’Souza said. “With their rucksacks and Western clothes they looked like backpackers, not terrorists, but they were very heavily armed and clearly knew how to use their rifles.

“Towards the station entrance, there are a number of bookshops and one of the bookstore owners was trying to close his shop,” he recalled. “The gunmen opened fire and the shopkeeper fell down.”

But what angered Mr D’Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” he said. “At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D’Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. “I couldn’t believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn’t run, we told them to stay put.”

The militants returned inside the station and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D’Souza added: “I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera.”

If a few of these people had the right to carry a gun this may have ended fairly quickly.  Guns have been outlawed in India, so the people are sitting ducks. And with the police afraid to shoot the bad guys, there’s little hope for the public. I’m sure glad we have the Second Amendment, for now anyway.

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H/T Swampie

!!Update!! The terrorist in the picture has been captured and is crying like a baby and begging for his life. Pat Dollard has the story

!!!UPDATE #2!!! There’s more from Pat Dollard’s site. !!Warning!! Graphic Images and Video

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2 Responses

  1. its such a sad day that our police force is so poor .. i wonder if having armed licenses is necessary while traveling now

  2. I’d say the citizens would have defended themselves better than the police did. When citizens are unarmed it’s like leading cattle to slaughter.

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