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CM shields Mumbai cops from 26/11 lapses

Jun 18, 2009 02:51 AM IST India India
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has denied that his government was hiding the findings of the Ram Pradhan Committee which probed security lapses during the terrorist attacks on Mumbai last year and claimed the police had done a good job. The Ram Pradhan Committee has flayed the Mumbai Police for flouting standard operating procedures and other systemic norms during the attacks. The state government has decided not to make public the 100-page report of the committee and on Tuesday tabled its action taken report before the Maharashtra Assembly. Chavan told CNN-IBN the decision doesn’t mean he is hiding something. "We have nothing to hide. In fact the committee was appointed by me only to go into the several questions that people in Maharashtra and India would like to know. The major issues, which were in the report, have all been given out on the floor of the House," he said. Chavan claimed the Mumbai Police did a good job in defending the city though they were facing a "war-like situation." "The major content of the report says that the police in Maharashtra have done a good job. It was a war-like situation--the police of course was not well prepared to handle the gravity of such an attack." Chavan said police in the city usually handled law and order issues and were not trained to handle "terrorist activities of this level." The Chief Minister rejected claims that Hasan Gafoor, Mumbai’s police chief during the terrorist attacks, had been transferred because of critical remarks made him against the Pradhan committee report. "He (Gafoor) was due for promotion and was to be replaced shortly. There was no specific instance pointed out about Mr Gafoor (in the report)," said Chavan.