After Mumbai top cop Hasan Gafoor, it is now the turn of Maharashtra
Dy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal to make stunning disclosures over
the events that followed in the government circles after the deadly
terror attack in Mumbai on 26/11.
In a disclosure
that can create
a fresh set of problems for
Maharashtra's Home Minister R. R. Patil,
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has blamed the State Home
Minister R. R. Patil of evading his call of duty during the Mumbai
terror attack by staying indoors and refusing to visit the venue.
Speaking in an interview to the DNA newspaper, Nationalist Congress
Party leader and present Deputy CM Bhujbal has talked about what was
happening in the administration, when Mumbai was under attack by
terrorists last year.
Bhubal has reportedly said that despite trying hard to Congress
leader and the then State Home Minister R.R. Patil, he didn't
accompany him to the place of incident and preferred to stay inside
has said that he asked Patil that even if he didn't want to visit
the place of incident, he should visit the DGP (State's Deputy
General of Police) office at least. On this, Patil asked me to move
on and he would follow me later to the venue.
asked RR Patil about the firing. I went to his home and told him
that I wanted to visit the places where firing was going on. I asked
him to accompany me. He told me that the police had asked him not to
step out as a precautionary measure. I tried to convince him that we
should at least visit the office of the Director General of police.
After discussing the matter for 15 minutes, I told him that I would
go. 'You carry on. I will catch you later, he told me," he said.
saw a news flash on TV that there had been some firing near Leopold
Cafe. Initially I thought it was a fight between Shiv Sainiks and
Abu Azmi. After some time I realised something was seriously wrong.
I took my revolver and stepped out of the home. I had a gut feeling
that something big had happened and I should rush to help people,"
said Bhujbal to a question about how he first learnt about the
Mumbai terror attack.
Congress leader R.R. Patil, who was the Maharashtra's Home Minister
at the time of 26/11 attack had to quit from his position after the
incident. He resigned after his controversial statement about the
has been made the State's Home Minister for the second time this
year after Assembly Elections.
Earlier, former Mumbai Top Cop Hasan
Gafoor had accused that some of his senior colleagues did not
respond to the situation during the 26/11 terror attacks.
section of senior police officers refused to be on the ground and
take on the terrorists. By doing so they chose to ignore the need of
the hour. Yes there was a dearth of eagerness on the part of a
handful of senior officers to be on the ground during those days",
Gafoor has reportedly said to a News Magazine.