gfiles magazine

February 9, 2011

Ex-DGP Gafoor signs off unheralded

WHEN former Director General of Police Hassan Gafoor (1974 batch) retired as head of the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau on December 31, no one in the state IPS cadre bade him adieu or gave him a ceremonial send-off. The handy excuse was that all the top police brass was involved in security operations for New Year’s Eve. In reality, ever since the state government held him accountable for the lapses connected with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, everybody seems to be maintaining an arm’s length from Gafoor. There was no farewell dinner at the Officers’ Mess at Worli or a ceremonial parade the next day at the Police Parade Grounds at Naigaon by the Local Arms Constabulary. In 2000, then DGP Arvind Inamdar too had to forgo a ceremonial send-off after he stepped down from office following differences with the Congress-NCP government.

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