State of Siege: 26/11 is based on the true events of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Starring Arjun Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Vivek Dahiya, Sid Makkar, Mukul Dev, Tara Alisha Berry, Khalida Jaan, Jyoti Gauba, Roshni Sahota, Suzanne Bernert, Naren Kumar and Jason Shah, the eight-episode series will be released on March 20.
While the ZEE5 Original Series is an adaptation of author and journalist Sandeep Unnithan’s book, Black Tornade: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11, the makers have taken some creative liberty to project the role of NSG commandos who intervened and saved the financial capital of India from burning. The actual incident encountered some discrepancies that resulted in a prolonged attack for three whole days. Learn about them below.
Mumbai Police’s obsolete weaponry
While the Lashkar terrorists strolled the city with AK-47s, grenades and IEDs, the Mumbai Police constables suffered from weak defenses as they tried to make their vintage pistols work. However, ammunitions weren’t the only letdowns on the fateful 26/11. The dubious quality of bulletproof vest resulted in the death of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, added to the perils.
Lack of coordinated response from the Mumbai police
What appeared to be a gang war initially, the Mumbai police did not take rapid actions to nip it in the bud. In fact, there was a lack of coordination among the police while the senior officers stepped out to tackle armed terrorists. The response by the police was ineffective as immediate reports and requirement of resources was not issued. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria was the one who called in the local army unit and the MARCOS (Marine Commandos) to intervene and save the city, while he handled the situation from the control room.
The bureaucratic hurdles
There were a few bureaucratic hurdles that led to severe delays and loss of lives. The NSG was informed late for reinforcements, which resulted in a series of delays, giving the perpetrators enough time reassess their plan.
No resources of detailed layouts handed to the NSG
NSG commandos could have reduced the time of completing the Operation Black Tornado if they had the luxury of going through the layout maps of the buildings under attack. While the terrorists used this knowledge to prolong the terror attack, the NSG did not receive layouts of buildings that would help them chart a plan accordingly and bring down the terrorists at a faster pace.
Chaotic communication chain
The media unintentionally manifested fear and shared anything and everything on national television based on word-of-mouth. Basically, there was no one-point source of information which only resulted in more chaos in the chain of communication. Several bureaucrats gave interviews with half-baked knowledge amid the operation.
Information not passed on to the NSG
During the terror attack, sentient voices of Pakistan-based handlers fed the perpetrators with strategies, firing tactics, news updates and pep talks to keep their morale going. These conversations were tracked by the ATS but were not passed on to the NSG. Hence, this further contributed to the delay in controlling the situation and concluding the operation with minimal death.
Live telecast of the operations
Sharing live telecasts of the operation, broadcasting of clips from TV cameras at various spots helped the handlers of the terrorists from Pakistan to monitor the event and guide them for a plan of response. The most sensitive information was produced on media which inadvertently helped the perpetrators.
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