Ketan Tirodkar, a former journalist arrested four years ago under the stringent MCOCA for his alleged links with the underworld, has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking probe into the alleged police inaction and lack of co-ordination on the night of November 26, 2008.
The petition alleges that police inaction led to death of several policemen including that of three senior officers.
Tirodkar’s petition seeks that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should probe the logbooks of wireless conversations and documents related to the 26/11 attack, which would expose lack of co-ordination by the senior officers.
The high court has asked additional government pleader Poornima Kantharia to reply to the petition by December 14.
The petition alleges that the police control room was indifferent to repeated requests of reinforcement by additional commissioner of police Sadanand Date, whose squad was fighting terrorists at Cama Hospital.
Had the reinforcements reached, three officers — ATS chief Hemant Karkare, additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar — could have been saved, states the petition.
It alleges that joint commissioner of police (law and order) K.L. Prasad, disobeyed then CP Hasan Gafoor’s orders and misinformed him about Date, Karkare and Kamte’s location.
“Frantic attempts are being made on the part of the State Home (sic) to destroy evidence of criminal lethargy and negligence by the IPS officers and senior bureaucrats,” alleges the petition.
It also alleges that Anamika Gupta and her three friends had seen Kasab and his three accomplices riding a bike at Colaba two days before the attack. Gupta was injured in the firing at Leopold.
“However, the police discourages Gupta from stating it,” alleges the petition.