Mumbai: Almost one year after the horrifying terror attacks in Mumbai, the state police is caught in the middle of a blame game.
While the former police commissioner of Mumbai, Hasan Ghafoor has retracted his statement that a few senior cops refused to be on the ground fighting the terrorists who had struck that fateful night in November last year, the controversy refuses to die down.
On the other hand, the spouses of slain top cops Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar have decided to take their fight to Delhi.
Wife of former ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Kavita Karkare and that of Vijay Salaskar, Smita Salaskar have braved the last year with the loss of their respective husbands.
The brave men had fallen to a hail of bullets as terrorists tore through the fabric of Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
But the two women's quest for justice continues. On Monday, they landed up in Delhi to meet UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, who too had lost her husband, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to a terror strike.
Kavita Karkare had earlier raised questions about the missing bullet proof jacket her husband had been wearing when he geared up to take on the terrorists.
"I am not happy about the investigations, because they are still going on. I don't know when we will get justice. I am very surprised that the jacket is lost because it was an essential part of evidence."
Back in Mumbai, the allegations there is an attempt to play down the war of words over the alleged failure of certain IPS officers to rise to the terror threat.
The Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, D Sivanandan said, "There is no war. The war was fought on 26 November 2008. The Mumbai police had fought well. The reply of Mumbai police is memorable. They ran towards the terrorists, and with whatever weapons they have they fought and sacrificed their lives. Beyond that, there is no war. It is for the Government to check."
The Director General of Police, Maharashtra AN Roy said, "Whatever has to be done or thought the Government will do it. I will not comment on it."
The state's chief minister also wants to put an end to the controversy and says that the focus should be on fixing responsibility, moving on.
"Police force is a disciplined organisation and this (the infighting) doesn't fit with such a disciplined image. I don't want to comment any further on this subject," Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.
Chavan also promised that all the remaining compensations will be paid up in a span of fifteen days from the day.
There is a promise of recruiting more policemen, procuring better and more weapons, enhancing the gathering of intelligence inputs.