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Mumbaikar gets a pat on back from Gore
Pradeep Vijayakar / V Narayan Swamy, TNN, 1 January 2009, 05:32am IST

MUMBAI: When terrorists laid seige on Mumbai, martial arts practitioner Mehul Vora travelled the length and breadth of the city to protect the lives of four foreigners on instructions from former US vice-president Al Gore.
On Wednesday, Vora received a pat-on-the-back letter from Gore for "rescuing and protecting four American and British nationals on 26/11''.

But things were not going so happy for Vora during 26/11 and in its immediate aftermath; he was on the verge of being arrested for possessing a gun and a top-of-the-line bullet-proof vest that only defence personnel should be wearing!

"I own a disaster-management firm and was booked by Live Earth India Concert for its December 7 show. A four-person team from Live Earth was in Mumbai on December 26 for a recce.

Their chief of security called me at night urging me to ensure the safety of the four who were in different parts of the city.'' One was in Andheri, two were at The Mariott in Juhu and a fourth near the Taj.

Vora first got the person from Lokhandwala and took him to the Mariott where he was detained for having a gun and a grade-III Kevlar bullet-proof jacket.

Only after he told cops the nature of his work was he released. He then rushed to track the lady who had, providentially, left the Taj before the attack and was outside. On the morning after 26/11, Vora took them to the airport and put them on the first available flight to Europe.
 
Al Gore hires a mercenary to rescue four during Mumbai attacks
digitaljournal.com Jan 1, 2009 1 related

A news report revealed former Vice-President Al Gore and his team hired a mercenary to rescue four American and British nationals during the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26.

Mehul Vora, a martial arts practitioner who owns a disaster-management firm in India, was booked by Live Earth India Concert for its December 7 show. One of its organizers was Al Gore. The show was later canceled because of the Mumbai terror attacks.

A four-member team from the Live Earth India Concert visited India before the show and were caught in the middle of the terror attacks on November 26, 2008.

The concert’s chief of security called Vora to make sure the four were safe and rescue them if possible. The four were distributed in different regions in Mumbai -- one was in Andheri, two at The Marriott hotel in Juhu and the fourth person was near the Taj Mahal hotel.

When Vora rescued the first person, the police stopped him because Vora was fully armed and wore a bulletproof jacket. After he convinced them about his nature of work, the police released him.

Vora was able to rescue others safely and guided them to the airport.

On Wednesday, Vora received a congratulatory message from Gore for rescuing and protecting four American and British civilians on November 26, 2008.

Some are calling this an illegal act for not enlisting the local Indian police but it was meant only for rescuing these individuals. It may ruffle some feathers in Indian government, but it didn't cause any further harm.
 
Al Gore hires a mercenary to rescue four during Mumbai attacks
by Chris V. Thangham.

A news report revealed former Vice-President Al Gore and his team hired a mercenary to rescue four American and British nationals during the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26.

Mehul Vora, a martial arts practitioner who owns a disaster-management firm in India, was booked by Live Earth India Concert for its December 7 show. One of its organizers was Al Gore. The show was later canceled because of the Mumbai terror attacks.

A four-member team from the Live Earth India Concert visited India before the show and were caught in the middle of the terror attacks on November 26, 2008.

The concert’s chief of security called Vora to make sure the four were safe and rescue them if possible. The four were distributed in different regions in Mumbai -- one was in Andheri, two at The Marriott hotel in Juhu and the fourth person was near the Taj Mahal hotel.

When Vora rescued the first person, the police stopped him because Vora was fully armed and wore a bulletproof jacket. After he convinced them about his nature of work, the police released him.

Vora was able to rescue others safely and guided them to the airport.

On Wednesday, Vora received a congratulatory message from Gore for rescuing and protecting four American and British civilians on November 26, 2008.

Some are calling this an illegal act for not enlisting the local Indian police but it was meant only for rescuing these individuals. It may ruffle some feathers in Indian government, but it didn't cause any further harm.

 
No entry for Slumdog kids?
By: Rita Ghose.

THE Slumdog Millionaire stories refuse to die down. The children from the cast were in the middle of another controversy when they were reportedly denied entry at a film award function on Saturday night.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw Rubina Ali (little Latika), Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (little Salim) and Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (little Jamal) stand with their families for almost two hours outside the venue, waiting to be let in. Mehul Vohra, head of security agency CATS, said, "I'm unaware of this, but we were given standing instructions not to allow anyone, celebrity or non-celebrity, below the age of 18 to be let in because they were serving alcohol at the venue."

While our Oscar-feted actors allegedly waited on the red carpet, Bollywood stars breezed past them into the function. The children shook hands with Vidya Balan and their Slumdog Millionaire co-star Irrfan Khan who commented, "There seems to be a lack of co-ordination." But the problem was later solved. The children were let in and were able to watch the rest of the function.