Pradhan Committee finds 'total confusion' in processing alerts

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 01, 2009 13:53 hrs

Mumbai: The Ram Pradhan Committee that went into the response by the police to the 26/11 attacks has pointed out "total confusion" in processing of Intelligence alerts at the level of the state government and "inadequacies" in the existing mechanism for analysing alerts about possible strikes.

In the panel's report, which is yet to be made public but has been accessed by PTI, there are instances of non-adherence to the Standard Operating Practice (SOP) during the terror siege.

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"It was specifically mentioned (in the intelligence reports) that attacks (were) to take place on three dates that is on August 20, 2006 (alert dated 07-08-2006), May 24, 2008(alert dated 19-05-2008) and August 11, 2008 (alert dated 09-08-2008) against certain targets including Taj and Oberoihotels, which did not happen," it said.

"An overall assessment and proper analysis of these reports would have revealed a strong indication that some major terrorist action was being planned against Mumbai. The existing mechanism to make such an overall assessment was inadequate," the report said.

Noting that all intelligence alerts were mechanically forwarded to operational units either by DGP's Office, ATS, or by home department, the report said, "the committee found total confusion in the processing of intelligence alerts at the level of state government."

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