Maharashtra government rejects Pradhan panel report

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 17:38 hrs

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday has rejected the Ram Pradhan committee's outcome about the 26/11 terror attacks and given a clean chit to then Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Gafoor.

The Action Taken Report tabled in the state legislature questioned how the committee called the head of Mumbai police a failure, when in its report, it had lauded the entire force for its handling of the 26/11 attacks.

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The report further said the Mumbai police could not have handled the 'war-like' 26/11 terror attacks and emphasized on the need of a special force like the National Security Guard to handle such situation.

"During the whole operation, he was stationed at only one location near Hotel Trident. There was a lack of co-ordinated and visible control due to which a message went to the public that police were ineffective in handling the situation," the report has noted.

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The Pradhan committee had mentioned that the standard procedures were not properly followed during the crisis situation.

According to the procedure, the joint commissioner of police (law and order) heads the disaster management cell and co-ordinates with all the control rooms. The joint CP (crime) will co-ordinate with the ATS chief.

The state government said it was wrong to say that standard procedures were not followed. The joint CP (law and order), who should be in charge of the disaster management cell and co-ordinate with all control rooms, was shifted to other urgent work and the decision was taken jointly by Gafoor and then director general of police A N Roy.

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