Shiv Sena legislator Ramdas Kadam blamed top police officers, A.N. Roy and Meeran Borwankar, for the death of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar during the 26/11 terror attacks.
Kadam, speaking in the Legislative Council on Wednesday, demanded action against the two officers under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Members of the legislative Council made allegations against Roy and Borwankar during a discussion on the law and order situation of Maharashtra. The home minister is expected to give his reply on Thursday afternoon.
Kadam alleged it was on orders from Roy, who was state police chief then, and Borwankar, who was with the state criminal investigation department, Salaskar’s AK-47 was taken away.
“If Salaskar had his AK-47, he would have been able to kill the terrorists and save the lives of Hemant Karkare and Ashok Kamte,” Kadam said. “The 26/11 terrorist who has been caught [Ajmal Kasab] has wounds from bullets fired from Salaskar’s revolver.”
Kadam demanded that the home ministry should take action against the officers under MCOCA.
Pune Police Commissioner, Satyapal Singh, was also dragged into the discussion when Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Pandurang Phundkar, alleged that Singh was concerned with his own security when the Pune blasts happened.
Kadam also claimed that the Maharashtra government was involved in high-level corruption in procuring various security equipment.
“The government is indulging in corruption in every aspect of security. The security scanning machines bought by the state have been rejected by Hyderabad for being of poor quality,” Kadam said. “I have handed over all the relevant documents to the ministry.”
Sena leader, Diwakar Raote, said the government should take up problems of the police department to make it more efficient.
He, however, accused the police of committing atrocities on and harassing citizens.