'Taj hotel files went missing before 26/11 attacks'

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Mumbai, July 13: Can it get more worse than this? Out of 6,000 files that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said to have gone missing, are those related to key installations in the terror-sensitive financial capital of the country.

According to a report published on Tuesday, design plans, files and even blueprints of several important buildings in the city, including the Taj Mahal hotel, which was attacked by terrorists in November 2008, have gone missing from the BMC. An oil company installation and the Royal Opera House are also in the list of key buildings.

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What has shocked even more is that these files, including those of the Taj Mahal hotel, had disappeared before the 26/11 attacks, a RTI report said. The hotel was one of the prime targets on that fateful day.

Sharad Yadav, the RTI activist whose query brought the information in the open, said that it completely gives a new dimension to the issue. He said the files went missing in 2006 and the Taj hotel was attacked in 2008, which raises serious questions.

BMC officials have reportedly evaded the matter and said it was being discussed in the BMC assembly.
Is this just a matter of localised corruption? First the files go missing and then a group of men with a sinister design enters the city by easily sailing through Indian waters.

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