Criticising authorities on security issues, Tata Sons chief Ratan Tata said the group would take steps to protect its assets and staff.
Criticising the handling of the November 26 terror attacks in Mumbai, in which the group’s landmark property Taj Hotel was also targeted, Mr. Tata said there was an issue of not having a single leader.
“There should be leadership in knowing what to do. The fire department didn’t know what to do, the commandos came too late, the police were not equipped to engage,” Mr. Tata said in a discussion organised by news channel CNBC TV18 on Monday.
“When the firing took place, for a period of time there was a view that it [the situation] was gangwar-like and the local police were to deal with it. I think in the Taj, the first contingent of police came with three policemen and they were ill-equipped to handle them. In fact, one of them got killed, the other got shot badly and one remained.”
The naval commandos also reached the spot hours later but “we had to go through the State machinery to get it ... and it was just not coordinated and easily accessible.”
Emphasising the need to have a sound intelligence system to counter such attacks, Mr. Tata said: “You have to accept that if you can’t just constantly react to something after it takes place, you’ve got to look at creating a deterrent and that starts with good intelligence and sustained intelligence.”