Maharashtra rejects Pradhan panel's findings

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Government today rejected the finding of Ram Pradhan committee on 26/11 terror attacks that then Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor had "failed" to lead the

Published: 16th June 2009 08:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2012 11:01 PM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Government today rejected the finding of Ram Pradhan committee on 26/11 terror attacks that then Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor had "failed" to lead the force during the strikes last November.

The Action Taken Report (ATR) tabled in the state Legislature questioned how the committee called the head of Mumbai police a failure when it, in its report, had lauded the entire force for handling of the 26/11 attacks.

The report quoting findings of Pradhan panel, probing the handling of the terror attacks, said former Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor failed to lead the force from the front.

Gafoor was recently shifted to a low profile post as Director General of Police (Housing) by promotion.

"During the whole operation, he was stationed at only one location near Hotel Trident. There was lack of co-ordinated and visible control due to which a message went to the public that police were ineffective in handling the situation," the report has noted.

The Committee said senior police officials told them that the Commissioner did not guide them or inquire about the ongoing operations.

Even though Gafoor contacted officers on wireless or mobile phone, there was never a feeling among them that they were part of a united force, officers told the committee.

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