Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MARCOS out of depth during Mumbai operation: Ex-NSG DG


New Delhi: The elite Marine Commandos (MARCOS) of the Indian Navy who were initially scrambled to tackle the terrorists during the 26/11 attack were "a little out of depth" operating in a hotel, says the then chief of NSG J K Dutt.

"The MARCOS is a force which is meant for conducting special operations on water... I think they fell a little out of depth operating in a premise like a hotel...," Dutt, who retired from the elite force in February, said.

...but at that time had the MARCOS been able to follow them (the holed up terrorists )and keep them pinned would have been useful… and since NSG is suitably equipped the operation would have been over much faster," Dutt told a news channel.

The MARCOS were initially sent to multiple locations during the 26/11 attacks to flush out terrorists before the NSG arrived on the morning of November 27.

Dutt also said that the NSG commandos tried to negotiate with the Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists during their operation.

"We did try to negotiate (with terrorists) but there comes a point in every operation when you know that this is going to be the final assault and in the next few minutes it is going to be over...," he said.

...the response (from the terrorists) was always abuses and more abuses...followed with shooting and...after that the commandos knew what they had to do...," he said.

The terror attacks left 166 dead and 304 injured.


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