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No war in Mumbai police over 26/11: Top cop

Source: PTI
November 23, 2009 15:35 IST
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Stating that the government was looking into the alleged comments made by former police commissioner Hassan Gafoor, accusing four senior officers of dereliction of duty during the 26/11 terror attacks, Mumbai Police Chief D Sivanandan on Monday rubbished reports of a war within the police force.

"There is no war or anything like that (in Mumbai police). The only war we had was against terrorists on November 26 last year when we had done a memorable job," said Sivanandan, who took over as police commissioner from Gafoor.

He was responding to a query on the alleged war within the city police, after the comments by Director General of Police (Housing) Gafoor, who was Mumbai's police commissioner during the attacks.

Gafoor was quoted by a news magazine as saying that the four officers-- K L Prasad, Deven Bharti, Parambir Singh and K Venkatesham-- had failed in due discharge of their duties during the terror strike.

"It has to be checked if anybody has said anything and it is the job of the government. The government is looking into the matter and it would respond to it. Being the police commissioner, it is not appropriate for me to comment on this, before the conclusion of the inquiry," he said.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) is conducting an inquiry into Gafoor's comments.

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