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Probe against M'rashtra top cops ordered

Maharashtra Govt announces a high-level probe against DGP AN Roy and Commissioner of Mumbai Police Hasan Gafoor over their alleged lapses during the Mumbai terror attack.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2008 22:01 IST

Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a high-level probe against Director General of Police AN Roy and Commissioner of Police Mumbai Hasan Gafoor over their alleged lapses during the Mumbai terror attack, a day after opposition Shiv Sena-BJP demanded their removal.

The announcement about the probe against the two senior police officials was made by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the assembly in Nagpur on Wednesday after Home Minister Jayant Patil replied to a debate on the Mumbai terror attack in the House.

The Sena-BJP had in the state legislature yesterday criticised the Maharashtra government for the Mumbai terror attacks and demanded removal of Roy and Gafoor, along with Home Secretary Chitkala Zutshi, accusing them of being responsible for the alleged lapses.

Leader of the opposition Ramdas Kadam said the three top police officers, including ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who lost their lives were wearing sub-standard bullet proof jackets and Inspector Vijay Salaskar, an encounter specialist, who had allegedly gunned was not having a AK-47 rifle.

Earlier today, Patil said Maharashtra government will set up a special court in consultation with Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to try cases related to the terror attack.

The chargesheet against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack will be filed within seven days, he said.

Advocate Ujwal Nikam has been appointed as special public prosecutor in the case, he informed the House.

The government would also set up a state security council under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Patil said.