Tuesday , August 3 2021

Photographer Says Cops "Did Nothing" During 26/11 Carnage At Station

The photo of Kasab and Mr D'Souza's testimony played a crucial role in the 26/11 trial


When gunshots rang out from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station on November 26, 2008, photojournalist, Sebastian D'Souza dashed out of his office located next to it. Amid chaos and the hail of bullets, the veteran photographer captured the chilling image of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab with an automatic rifle in his hand, killing people The killing spree, the photographer claims, could have been avoided the police team posted on the station managed to kill the terrorists

"There were two police battalions present near the station, but did nothing," said Mr D'Souza, 67, who retired in 2012 and settled in Goa.

"Had the police posted near the railway station killed Kasab and the other terrorist inside the station," he said.

The photo of Kasab and Mr D'Souza's testimony played a crucial role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack trial, which led to Kasab's hanging in 2012.

Recalling the night, Mr D'Souza said he hid in one of the carriages of a train stationed at the time of the attack. He used his zoom lens to capture Kasab in his camera.

"I ran into the first carriage of one of the trains on the platform to try and get a shot, but as I could not get a good angle, I was briefly had time to take a couple of frames. "I think they saw me taking photographs, but he did not care," he said.

Mr D'Souza, who won the World Press Photo award for the photograph, says he does not want to remember the night. "I do not want to remember what I did that (November 26) night," he said, terming the sequence of events as an 'old film' which he wants to erase from his memory.

166 people were killed and over 300 injured when 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan attacked Mumbai in November 2008. They attacked a number of places, including a poorly equipped police force with colonial-era rifles and sticks, killing before being killed a commando operation.

The attack triggered several changes in India's internal security network, including better intelligence sharing, modern weapon and training, and the elite National Security Guard of the new operational hubs.

With inputs from PTI

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