Osama offered no resistance to US commandos: book

When the moment finally came, Osama bin Laden went out not with a bang but with a whimper. The 54-year-old bin Laden may have grown complacent or tired during his decade on the run; he had no real escape plan, and there was no secret passageway out of his house says a new book

Washington: Al-Qaeda emir Osama bin Laden, who all his life boasted that he would go down fighting and would ask his bodyguards to shoot him if ever he came near Americans, offered no resistance when US commandos cornered him in his Abbottabad hideout a year ago, claims a new book.

"For all his bluster that he would go down fighting and his bodyguards would shoot him if he were ever found by the Americans, when the moment finally came, bin Laden went out not with a bang but with a whimper," wrote Peter Bergen, author of the 'Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9/11 to Abbottabad' that hit the bookstores this week, reports PTI.

Mr Bergen, director of New America Foundation- a Washington-based think-tank and national security analyst of the CNN, in his new book provides fresh insight into the last few hours of bin Laden and the successful American operation that killed the most wanted terrorist of the world on 2nd May last year.

"The 54-year-old bin Laden may have grown complacent or tired during his decade on the run; he had no real escape plan, and there was no secret passageway out of his house. Perhaps he expected some kind of warning that never came. Or perhaps he knew that a fire fight inside the enclosed spaces of his house would likely end up killing some of his wives and children," Mr Bergan wrote in his book giving a detailed account of what happened when US commandos entered his safe house.

"On a shelf in his bedroom were the AK-47 and Makarov machine pistol that were bin Laden's constant companions, but he didn't reach for them. Instead, he opened a metal gate, which blocked all access to his room and could be opened only from the inside, and quickly poked his head out to see what the commotion was. He was immediately spotted by the SEALs, who bounded up the next flight of stairs," he wrote.

"At this point, unless bin Laden walked out of his bedroom with his hands up and said, 'I surrender', there was no chance that he would be taken alive. Retreating inside, bin Laden made the fatal error of not locking this gate behind him, allowing the SEALs to run past it into a short hallway. They then turned right into his bedroom," Bergen said.

"Hearing the sounds of strange men rushing into their room, Amal (one of Laden's wife) screamed something in Arabic and threw herself in front of her husband. The first SEAL who charged into the room shoved her aside; concerned she might be wearing a suicide bomb vest. She was then shot in the calf by another of the SEALs and collapsed unconscious onto the simple double mattress she shared with bin Laden," he wrote.

"Bin Laden was offering no resistance when he was dispatched with a 'double tap' of shots to the chest and his left eye. It was a grisly scene: his brains spattered on the ceiling above him and poured out of his eye socket. The floor near the bed was smeared with bin Laden's blood," he said.

President Barack Obama, who along with his national security team were in the Situation Room of the White House quietly said, "We got him, we got him," when he was told the code word 'Geronimo EKIA.'


BCCI chief's son arrested in brawl case

While talking rudely to the staff of the bar and later with police, the Cricket Board chairman's son stated he was very influential and from a rich family

Mumbai: BCCI president N Srinivasan's son, Ashwin and his friend have been arrested for allegedly thrashing the staff of an upscale restaurant-pub in suburban Bandra and later a cop, who asked them to leave the bar after paying the bill, police said on Thursday.

According to a PTI report, Ashwin (40) and his friend Avi Krishnamurthy (35) had spent the night in Bandra police station's lock-up and were produced before a local court which granted them bail on Tuesday.

Police said, Ashwin went to Escobar on Monday night and was having drinks. He asked the staff to bring some more alcohol which they refused citing 0130 hours deadline.

Enraged Ashwin and his friend started arguing with the waiters and refused to pay the bill, that run up Rs30,000, until their order was accepted.

"When the staff refused, the duo assaulted them. The bar staff notified police when our men went there. When asked to pay the bill and leave the bar, the furious duo punched one of our constables," said DCP Pratap Digaonkar.

"They two were taken into custody and booked under relevant sections of the IPC for assaulting and preventing a public servant from discharging his duty," Digaokar added. The duo was on Tuesday produced before a court which granted them bail, he said.

According to sources, while talking rudely to the staff and cops, Ashwin stated he was very influential and from a rich family.

When contacted, Mr Srinivasan, who owns the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, shot back saying "What do you want me to say," and disconnected the phone call.


IRDA cancels agency license of Abira Insurance due to violations of rules

The insurance regulator cancelled corporate agency license of Abira Insurance as it found the agency violating the rules mentioned by IRDA

Hyderabad: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has cancelled the corporate agency license of Abira Insurance Services Ltd-a group concern of Golden Trust Financial Services-due to violation of rules mentioned by the regulator.

On 6 October 2006, Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC) granted corporate agency license to Golden Trust Financial. However, some people from the Golden Trust Group floated Abira Insurance to obtain another corporate agency license from Max New York Life Insurance without disclosing its deal with LIC. According to IRDA, this amounts to violation of Clause 5 of guidelines on licensing of corporate agents.

Abira Insurance, however denied the charges and stated that it is an independent entity without belonging to any group and exclusively engaged in distribution of insurance products of Max New York Life.

On examination of reply of Abira and other related documents, IRDA observed that the group has obtained corporate agency licenses from both LIC and Max New York Life for three of its units, Golden Trust Financial Services, Golden Trust Multi Services & Abira Insurance.


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