Mumbai attack: Was Nariman House the terror hub?
going through its longest night for the last two days. Wednesday, 9.40
pm,the affluent south Mumbai was struck by terrorists, at 12 different
locations, including the VT station, a hub for all railway trains, to
two of the most luxurious hotels, Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident.
hours later, the attention has riveted to these hotels, and a tiny
nondescript building, barely a few meters away from the Taj Mahal
hotel. Housing a five-storied guest house for Israeli nationals, this
building is turning out to be the 'den' for the militants.
saw 6 to 7 boats coming in on Wednesday evening and about ten people
unloaded many bags from these boats and then gradually took them into
the building, Nariman House', Vitthal Tandel, a fisherman in the area
said. "The building has many rooms and these are used a s guest houses
by travelers, largely Israeli residents. None of us know what their
names are", he said.
Virendra Ghunawat, a television
journalist who has been tracking the Nariman House shootout since the
time it took place Wednesday night, said even the cops have been cagey
"Today, during one of the shootout
exchanges, the cops managed to rescue a six year old girl and her
mother. We know of a man who is critically injured and requires urgent
medical help. A couple is also holed up inside apart from the
militants", a senior police official said, who did not wish to be
The role that Nariman House is coming to play in
this entire attack drama, is puzzling. Last night, residents ordered
close to 100 kilograms of meat and other food, enough to feed an army
or a bunch of people for twenty days. Shortly thereafter, the ten odd
militants moved in, obviously, indicating that the food and meat was
ordered, keeping their visit in mind, another cop added.
One of the militants called up a television news channel and voiced his
demands today, but, interestingly, when he was asked where are they all
holed him, he said at the Israeli owned Nariman House and they are six
of them here", one of the investigating cops said. Since morning, there
has been exchange of gun fire has been going on and the militants seem
well equipped to counter the cops fire. To top it, they have food and
shelter. One wonders of they have the support of the residents, a local
Ramrao Shanker said.
Cops did not want to go into
speculation. "Three residents of the building, all presumably Israeli
residents, have also been killed since last night, allegedly by the
militants. We do not have their identity and would not like to
speculate on this angle", the cops said.