NSG commando relives horror of being shot by Mumbai terrorists

December 1st, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Dec.1 (ANI): An elite Indian commando has revealed how he was shot by terrorists as he searched for survivors at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
In an interview with Sky News, Sunil Kumar of the Black Cat Commandos said room-by-room searches took place in a bid to locate hostages.
He also told of the moment a gunman hit him with three rounds as he tried to drag a hotel employee to safety.
Kumar said: “Things were bad. Everyone was scared. Nobody knew what was happening. Our commander assigned special tasks to get us through. We were just focused on the terrorists. We were working in two teams, combing the hotel top to bottom.
“We cleared the sixth floor and roof without incident. Then the fifth. Then the fourth.By the time we got to the third floor, it was too late. There were simply too many rooms.”
He continued: “Many wouldn”t open, even with the master key. We had to enter by force to get people out who were too scared to evacuate.”
“I wasn”t afraid though, I”ve spent five years fighting militants in Kashmir.”
The commando told of how he was shot at trying to save a guide who was gunned down.
“We had a guide with us, a hotel employee, a hostage himself, to lead us through the hotel. He was the one who was opening each room and stepping aside.
“On the third floor a door swung open and he was gunned down. He wasn”t wearing a bullet-proof-vest. I dragged him out of range of the shots, but as I did I received three rounds to my back.”
Another survivor of the terrorists attacks has described how he was saved by a brass buckle.
Police officer Baburao Gavane was despatched to Cafe Leopold as the city came under attack.
He told Sky News: “I was driving to the scene and was shot just as my van turned into Colaba. The bullet hit my belt buckle - it saved my life.
“At that exact moment, there was a loud explosion and I tried to reverse the van. Then I was shot three times in my thigh and twice in my stomach. They shot 15 rounds at the van.”
He managed to call for back-up and was rescued, the policeman said. (ANI)

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