26/11: ex-top cop finds fault with senior officers
Ten months after Hasan Gafoor was removed as Mumbai’s police commissioner allegedly for inaction during 26/11, he has accused some senior officers of not taking on the terrorists.
In an interview to news magazine, The Week, Gafoor said “a section of senior police officers refused to be on the ground and take on the terrorists. By doing so, they chose to ignore the need of the hour”.
The Ram Pradhan committee, which probed the response of the Mumbai police and other security agencies, had indicted Gafoor for collapse of the police’s command and control structure during the attack.
The four senior police officers Gafoor names in the interview are K.L. Prasad, Parambir Singh, Deven Bharti and K. Venkatesham.
Deposing before the Pradhan committee, the four are reported to have been critical of Gafoor’s actions during the terror attack.
Reacting to the interview, Prasad, currently commissioner in the state intelligence department, said, “I would not want to comment on media reports. But a committee was appointed to redress the issue. If Gafoor has made such comments, it is very unfortunate. I always thought I have done my job as laid out in the then existing standard operating procedure.”
“This is incorrect and defamatory. I am going to take suitable legal action, said Parambir Singh, now Inspector General of Police (Konkan range).
Deven Bharti, additional commissioner of police (Crime) said,“Whatever I did on November 26, 2008, was not to get any appreciation certificate from anybody. My immediate officers and men, who were with me in the field, know what I did on that day.”
K Venkatesham, special inspector general of police (administration), said: “It is very unfortunate and far from the truth.”