p_shetty wrote:1) When he led the ATS team, why was not he updated by anyone about the weapons the terrorists were carrying.
He was ambushed while on his way to Cama hospital in his car with his colleagues. The most battle rugged commandos can fall prey for that.
2)Were the terrorists informed in advance about his arrival, I do not think AK 47 is a very good weapon to snipe.
It is a spray and pray weapon but at close quarters it is deadly.
3)The team which had hit upon something big in the Malegaon probe, is entirely wiped out, maybe we will never know how much and what they really found out. I have particularly grave concerns in this area, because these unheard organization is suddenly getting logistic support ( only from a rogue Army Intellegence officer? )
It is a different probe and only in its preliminary stages.
1. The initial report was that there was firing at Cama Hospital. The initial assumption was that there was some sort of firing by people with automatic weapons, possible AK47s. Some prior knowledge was there, but of course, they were unaware of the sophistication and training of the terrorists
2. No, it seems that the terrorists just wanted to make their gateway from Cama hospital. The ATS team were unlucky: they had a wireless message that a red car was the one that contained the terrorrists. Salaskar was driving and Karkare was in front with a AK (I think). There were 3 constables at back with a Sten and a wireless operator ( I think). They spotted the red car in front and slowed down to investigate, when there was a burst of fire from *both* sides: from the red car and another one in the trees. Salaskar was killed immediately, Karkare was hit and died on the way. Not sure how Kamte died. The constable, Jadhav with the Sten got hit as well
3. Have you considered that the ATS team is more of an ad hoc wrt its operating procedures? It is not an army unit, and is composed of officers that are used to dealing with criminals rather than terrorists. Their instinct is to act immediately upon information and head for the "encounter". Salaskar was typical of this mentality. It is just unfortunate that all 3 were in the same Qualis. Of course, I cant prevent anyone spinning theories of a hindu conspiracy, but all events point (including the testimony of the constable who survived) point to the fact that this was a "chance" event.