Well, not everyone was a bum that evening!
Here is something from the Mumbai Mirror -
As armed cops fled CST in face of terror on the night of Nov 26, unarmed head constable Jullu Yadav stayed back to fight. On Wed he was awarded Rs 10 lakh. In this short interview Yadav highlights the tragi-comedy of our forces
SIBI SATHYAN AND VINAY DALVI
Stunning CCTV footage recovered from the night of the attack at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where arrested terrorist Qasab and his fellow conspirator Mohammad Ismail Khan killed 57 people, tells a horrifying tale of collective paralysis and one man's heroism.
The grabs of the footage (see page two) show that as soon as the terrorists started firing, a dozen armed cops fled the approaching terrorists. This is borne out by Mumbai Mirror photo editor Sebastian D'souza who was at the spot and who urged armed constables to shoot at the two terrorists, but none of them did.
However, head constable Jullu Yadav of the Railway Protection Police who was unarmed, was the only who after initially rushing away returned and tried to take on the terrorists by flinging a chair at them and then grabbing a rifle from one of his armed colleagues and taking aim.
On Wednesday the railways announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for his brave act. This short interview with Yadav, 52, who originally hails from Benaras but who has lived in Dombivili all his life, is a telling commentary of the tragi-comedy that marks our security agencies.
When was the last time you picked up a gun?
It's been almost a year. It was in January when we went for our annual training and practised shooting at the Thane-Pokhran range.
On the night of the 26th we saw all of your colleagues run away, what made you stay back to fight?
I'm the head constable, so when my constables went away I thought it was my duty to stay and fight back.
Why didn't you have a gun that night?
I did not have a gun because there was a shortage of guns. I asked one of the GRP constables to fire at them but he was scared, so I took his gun and fired two rounds at them. Though my heart was thumping, and I was scared, I wanted to return their shots.
You also flung a chair at them.
Yes, I wanted to distract them.
What will you do with the Rs 10 lakh that you're being awarded?
I've just heard about it on TV. I have three sons, one is an insurance agent with LIC, another runs a shop and the youngest son is studying in class XII. I will use the money for their well being.
News of the terrorists entering CST Station spreads. A number of armed GRP cops go into a huddle to discuss the situation, and make a plan of action
It takes a few minutes to plan the course of 'action' - which evidently means leaving the CST Station in a tearing hurry
Only two of the cops remain in the by-now deserted station. One on the extreme right (circled, with a gun) and Jullu Yadav (left), head constable, RPF, who's unarmed. Yadav gestures across to the other cop to fire
In a true act of bravery, Jullu Yadav runs across to the armed GRP cop (follow arrow), leaving himself open to the line of fire
Yadav reaches the other side, picks up a chair and hurls it (follow arrow) across the station to confuse the terrorists (circled) who are now walking towards them
10. 12 pm
Yadav grabs the gun from the other cop and opens fire at the terrorists. Mumbai salutes his spirit