Mumbai: Early arrival of police at the
Cama Hospital, where ACP Sadanand Date and his team fought a
pitched battle with the 26/11 terrorists, could have made
things different, the special court today observed in its
verdict in the Mumbai attack case.
"Had the police reached in time to provide help to
Additional Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date who fought a
pitched battle with terrorists with his team at Cama Hospital,
the result would have been different...there has been some
delay," Judge M L Tahaliyani said.
Terrorists killed seven persons and injured another
10 in Cama Hospital while they shot dead nine persons and
injured seven outside the hospital.
Tahaliyani also disagreed with the prosecution`s case
that the two terrorists -- Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismail -- had
planned to go to Malabar Hill after striking terror at Cama
Hospital and Metro Junction.
"The entire theory about a hand-drawn map seized from
the trousers of slain terrorist Abu Ismail does not fit here,"
According to police, the map showed the route towards
Malabar Hill and was recovered from Ismail when he was shot
dead at Girgaum Chowpatty.
Tahaliyani said in his opinion the two terrorists were
to stay put at Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus but due to
some mistake they crossed the foot overbridge outside CST and
came to Cama Hospital.