Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has expressed strong resentment against former city police commissioner Hasan Gafoor’s allegation of dereliction of duty on part of four top police officials during the 26/11 terror attack. He was speaking to the press after the release of a book titled “Mumbai Shapath” based on the measures taken by the state to improve security measures in the state post the Mumbai Terror Attacks. It’s been a year to the Mumbai Terror Attacks, but the debate on who was responsible for putting Mumbai through one of the worst terrorists’ attacks in the nation’s history continues. And even today the people in power running the show are either making accusations or giving clarifications. As one year to the ill-fated episode completed, the state release a booklet titled “Mumbai Shapath” that is “We Pledge We Will”. The booklet in based on the security measures undertaken by the state post 26 / 11. Organized at Yashwantrao Chavan Hall in South Mumbai, the book was released at the hands of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the presence of Dy. Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal, Home Minister R R Patil, DGP A N Roy and Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandan. Addressing the media during the ceremony, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan asserted that the state’s security was top priority for the police and also gave an insight on the measures taken by the state to better security of Mumbai City. It was during this interaction that Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has expressed strong resentment against former city police commissioner Hasan Gafoor’s allegation of dereliction of duty on part of four top police officials during the 26/11 terror attack. It may be recalled that in a recent interview to The Week, Hasan Gafoor, now Additional Director General of Police (Police Housing), had accused K L Prasad – then Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Parambir Singh – then Additional Commissioner of Police, ATS, Devendra Bharati – Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime and K Venkateshan – then Additional Commissioner of Police, South Region of dereliction of duty. During the ceremony Dy. Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal commended the spirit and courage that Mumbaikars displayed during the Mumbai Terror Attack. The subject of discussion during the release ceremony was how Home Minister R R Patil took the issue of bullet proof jackets a little too lightly. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dheeraj Mishra for NMTV News.
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