Mumbai Police chief transferred for role in 26/11

June 13th, 2009 - 7:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, June 13(ANI): Following severe criticism for failing to take charge during the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor was on Saturday transferred as Director General (Housing) of Maharashtra Police.

Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner KL Prasad has been chosen as the acting Mumbai Police chief.

Earlier, the Ram Pradhan committee, set up to probe lapse by the police and government, in its report to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had accused Hasan Gafoor of failing as a leader during the 26/11 attacks.

The committee raised questions about the force’s leadership, especially its chief.

The report said that the standard operating procedure put in place to distinguish the roles of senior police officers in crises after the July 11, 2006 train bombings were not implemented.

According to a senior Home Ministry official, the report mentioned that Gafoor did not take charge of the force on November 26 night and instead left it on his junior officials to deal with the situation.

“The report also blamed the police chief for poor coordination between senior police officials and his lack of movement as he stayed in one spot only. It says he should not have stayed in one spot and should have visited different terror sites to assess what was needed,” the official said. (ANI)

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