They are war heroes who have faced ambushes of LTTE and Afghan terrorists but today even these iron men of Indian army are shell-shocked by the intensity and preparedness of Mumbai terror attack perpetrators with which they took the whole country to ransom.
Their main concern is not the failure of intelligence but the sheer scale and planning which was completely different from the previous attacks.
“The other terrorist attacks which happened in the country have involved planting bombs in busy market and important buildings. But this time the multiple attacks and taking of hostages increased the gravity of the situation giving them utmost publicity and media exposure.
“It was extremely professional and well planned this time taking the logistics and timings in account,” says Brigadier Virendra Kumar (Retd.) “I have been in Sri Lanka and studied LTTE’s plan of action very closely. They are understood to be the most crude in their attacks. But technically speaking, the perpetrators of Mumbai attack were more sound in their approach,” he adds.
Militants stormed a series of high-profile targets on November 26 in India’s financial capital, including the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, a landmark restaurant, a main train station and a charitable hospital for women and children. They killed more than 190 people and held scores hostages, targeting specifically Britons and Americans.
Major General Surat Sandhu (Retd) attribute the reasons to the resources available to these terrorists compared to LTTE or Afghan militants.