Hasan Gafoor,who was Mumbai Police Commissioner during the 26/11 terror attack,died following a cardiac arrest on Monday. He was rushed to Breach Candy Hospital after he complained of chest pain,but passed away before he could be treated. He was 61 and is survived by wife and daughter.
Gafoor had a chequered career spanning 36 years marked with controversies. The Pradhan Committee,which probed the police response to the Lashkar-e-Toibas assault on the city,had criticised Gafoor for what it said was his poor leadership during the attack. Gafoor had further attracted controversy when he said senior police officers had not responded effectively during the 26/11 crisis. Officers said Gafoors remarks had caused an uproar in the force.
However,senior IPS officers said the credit for the weapons and equipment upgrade undertaken by the Mumbai Police post-26/11 should largely be given to the 1974 batch IPS officer.
Gafoor was unparalleled in terms of weapons prowess. It was often said that he would never miss a target,no matter what weapon he fired, said a senior IPS officer. Media-shy Gafoor chose to retire away from the spotlight. In a deviation from tradition,he neither got a customary farewell dinner nor parade.