Probe report on police response remains ‘classified’, its suggestions a mystery

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MUMBAI: At this time, 14 years have handed for the reason that dastardly Mumbai terror strikes by 10 Pakistani gunmen for 60 hours on November 26, 2008, however the report of a high-powered probe panel stays buried within the �categorized part of the officialdom.

The inquiry was performed by the late Union Home Secretary Ram D. Pradhan — who died in July 2020 — and retired IPS officer Vappala Balachandran, at the moment within the USA, into the police response to the lethal terror strikes and their fallouts.

“The report we have prepared was ‘classified’ by the then Maharashtra government. I feel it was unnecessary as the people had the right to know what we had recommended,” Balchandran informed IANS.

In all, the committee had made round 27 suggestions, and prompt measures to enhance the intelligence processing and motion, stated the previous RAW officer.

Nonetheless, although the then Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was eager to launch the probe report, submitted in April 2009, all of a sudden it was handled as a ‘high secret’ and ‘categorized’ with out assigning causes.

As an alternative, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) authorities tabled an Motion Taken Report of simply 5 paras — on the 100-page file submitted by Pradhan-Balachandran!

This naturally resulted in tumultuous scenes within the Legislature with the then Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena and others demanding that the total report must be tabled in the home, however the authorities didn’t oblige.

“The ATR was released without indicating why we had made all those recommendations, and to understand them fully, I feel it was necessary to table the entire report, not just a part of it,” identified Balachandran.

Officers within the know then had hinted at alleged ‘pressures’ from numerous quarters and apprehensions that, if made public, the probe report might have an effect on the popularity and morale of the police pressure.

Although no person is keen to disclose the precise suggestions made by the Pradhan-Balachandran panel, hypothesis is rife that it could include some factors that will not be laudatory to the then high officers, particularly since sure high-ranking law enforcement officials had misplaced their lives within the battle with the terrorists.

Considerably, the panel’s transient was to look at the attainable lapses of the Mumbai Police whereas reacting to the 26/11 strikes, how and why they did not adequately meet the problem, the intelligence obtained on the assaults, whether or not it was dependable and brought significantly with observe up, and so on., and make its suggestions to forestall related disastrous conditions sooner or later.

Utilizing his experiences as a super-spy, Balachandran scoured via the Police Management Room logs to search out almost 400 calls obtained, with intelligence reviews pointing at the opportunity of a ‘sea-borne’ terror strike in Mumbai, and extra inputs from New Delhi, Assam and different locations.

Although a number of alert senior officers took a few of the ideas significantly and even went to warning a number of of the premises that may very well be potential targets, the state authorities didn’t convene any assembly however selected to intimate the individuals involved through SMS!

Balachandran feels it was a severe lapse on the a part of the state authorities because it didn’t react or act in time on the key intelligence obtained from numerous quarters.

He averred that if the Maharashtra authorities had certainly bothered to alert the Indian Navy or Indian Coast Guard, and if that they had began vigil within the sea and coasts, the hijacking of the fisherman boat Kuber might most likely have been averted and the 26/11 strikes would by no means have taken place.

Dismissing the contentions in some circles that the Pakistani desperadoes might have gotten logistic assist from locals, Balachandran rued how even the Heart didn’t formally probe the riposte of the central businesses to determine what precisely went fallacious, how and the place.

A safety specialist, Balachandran has penned a number of articles and books just like the gripping ‘Intelligence Over Centuries’ and ‘Preserving India Protected’.

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