A serving senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer has questioned the abilities of the police force asking why the Mumbai police and intelligence officers had no clue about the plan to trigger serial bomb blasts on suburban trains in July 2006 although the act was being planned for six years.
Speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Mantralaya Reporters Association on Monday, Suresh Khopade, special inspector general of police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said that he wanted to tell Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the “inefficiency” of the force but he was asked to keep mum. “My seniors did not allow me to speak,” he said.
Khopade was the head of the Government Railway Police when the serial train blasts occurred.
Scheduled to retire next May, Khopade said he decided to speak up while in service because “others spoke only after retirement to avoid disciplinary action and I don’t fear any action”. “They delayed my promotions and stopped my salary, so I don’t care any further,” he said. Khopade authored several books on police reforms. The police administration charged him for writing without permission.
He was cleared of the charges including an anti-corruption probe. But he wrote another book, Why Mumbai Burned and Bhiwandi Did Not, inviting his seniors’ wrath once again. The officer was served a notice late in 2010 for violating the rules.
In his reply to Satyapal Singh, additional director general (establishment), given in January Khopade did not spare anyone. His reply, copies of which he made available to journalists on Monday, says that the top police officers did not want any police reforms because of their love for capitalists.
“The bureaucracy and senior police officers are most corrupt. They should encourage good police officers,” Khopade told reporters.
Senior police officers and home department officials refused to comment.
An officer from the 1987 batch, Khopade shot to prominence in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition when he engineered community participation to avoid communal riots in the highly volatile town of Bhiwandi.
His wrote a book on his Bhiwandi experiment called Bhiwandi Riot and his experiment was replicated in other states too.