Infact, when CS of Maharastra asked IN for help, IN responded with MARCOS deployment and as they started moving in. Suddenly the order came that NSG is being dispatched from Delhi and MARCOS should stand down. MARCOS had already confined these guys to a small area in the hotel and could have pinned them down there but the stand down resulted in these guys moving freely to engage in killings and mayhem.Nobody had a clue as to what was happening. He was able to give an approximation of the number of attackers and weapons he saw. That was something better than nothing. The pertinent point was, MARCOS were already getting into position and were told to stand down. We had specialized troops in the city readily available, but they were ordered to stand down.
No one has ever asked the question why, of those who were in power that time.
Forget that, if the air arm was so vital as Chidambaram is saying, what did he do for the next 7 years?
Other very interesting news which came out much later was that the entire security set up in Home Ministry was on a tour in Pakistan and they were taken to Murree resorts for couple days just a day prior to these attacks happened. Murree did not have Cell phone connectivity. I have always maintained that 26/11 was planned by someone in India and executed from Pak soil.