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HOME MINISTER R R PATIL GIVES CLEAN CHIT TO RAKESH MARIA AND REFUTES ALLEGATIONS OF FORMER POLICE COMMISSIONER HASAN GAFOOR

hasan-gafoor-1Former commissioner of police Hasan Gafoor will have to face action for his allegations that four top officers had chickened out when the terrorists struck on November 26 last year, home minister RR Patil told the state assembly. Calling the allegations made by former Commissioner of Police Hasan Gafoor’s explanation “not satisfactory”, Home MInister R R Patil said the officers were on the field during the terror attacks. Gafoor had said in an interview with a weekly magazine that the officers — KL Prasad, Parambir Singh, K Venkatesham and Deven Bharti — had “refused to be on the ground” during the attacks Patil also gave a clean chit to joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria, who had come under attack from Vinita, wife of additional commission of police Ashok Kamte. She had, in her book To the Last Bullet, accused Maria of leading Kamte, ATS chief Hemant Karkare and senior inspector Vijay Salaskar towards Cama Hospital, where they were ambushed and killed by the terrorists. The statements were made by Home Minister R R Patil in the state assembly session where he stated that Rakesh Maria was one of the finest officers in the force. He was responsible for the successful investigations of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, for streamlining the crime branch and [ensuring] corruption-free recruitment in the force, R R Patil further praised. On Gafoor’s diatribe against the four officers, Patil said that they had inquired into the allegations made by Gafoor against four of his subordinates and found no substance in them. The officers were very much on the field on the fateful night and also lost their colleagues in the attack and thelog and wireless records prove this, he added.

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