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Why J&K’s supercop SM Sahai is an unsung hero of the 26/11 terror strikes

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Breaking a decade-long silence over the 26/11 terror strikes, a senior intelligence official has just revealed that the planting of SIM cards into Lashkar-e-Taiba camps in Pakistan by a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer, SM Sahai, enabled the country to overcome the deadly attack in the port city of Mumbai.

In a secret operation, the then-Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, SM Sahai, had planned the operation to sneak Indian SIM cards into LeT camps in Pakistan through an agent, hoping to cash in on this for counter-insurgency operations.

The move worked beyond expectations - and ended up proving a game-changer.

It not only helped save the lives of numerous hostages during the 26/11 siege, but also established Pakistan's hand behind the terror strike in the financial capital.

But until now, the role played by SM Sahai had been the untold story of 26/11.

Children light candles to pay tributes to the victims of 26/11. (Credit: PTI)

Speaking to Hindustan Times in detail for the first time since the attack, Divya Prakash Sinha, who was heading the operations wing of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), gave details of the happenings in the run-up to 26/11, during the attacks, and in the investigation that followed the killing of 166 people in the carnage.

Sinha, who retired in 2015 as India’s secretary (security), told........

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