‘More than work, members of Kasab operation team felt they were doing something for the country’
- Spot-fixing: Chandila was in touch with four sets of bookies, says Delhi Police
- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives, to hold talks with PM on boundary, water issues
- IPL 2013: Delhi Daredevils crash to defeat, finish last
- Jaganmohan's wife attacks CBI, accuses it of working at Congress behest
- Blast accused death: UP govt seeks CBI probe, FIR against 42 persons
In this Idea Exchange at The Indian Express office, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meeran Chadha Borwankar talks about the secrecy that was maintained before 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab was hanged at Yerawada prison, why the Delhi gangrape incident will bring about a tectonic shift in attitudes and her current stint with prisons.
SUNANDA MEHTA: The entire nation was startled by the amazing secrecy with which Kasab's hanging was handled last year. How was the operation managed so well?
The decision was taken by the highest level to carry out the operation secretly. No information was leaked to the media. It is an example of outstanding team work, both horizontal and vertical. About 30 officers from Delhi to Yerawada were involved in the operation. They included senior IFS, IAS, IPS and prison officers and also the junior level staff. More than work, members of this operation felt they were doing a service for the nation. Nobody felt tempted to leak information because they thought they were doing something for the lives lost in the 26/11 terror attacks.
SUNANDA MEHTA: How do you personally and professionally look at this operation?
It was an Herculean task.
MANOJ MORE: This secrecy could have led to misreporting of the operation.
We never thought of it that way.
MANOJ MORE : So where is Kasab buried?
I feel this is a question of national security. I would not like to divulge any information about it in the interest of the nation.
SUSHANT KULKARNI: You have now started touring prisons across Maharashtra. What are your observations? Some of the prisons are overcrowded while some are underused.
The metropolitan jails like Arthur Road, Yerawada are terribly overloaded. District jails and small prisons are fine. When Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde visited Arthur Road jail, there were over 2,400 inmates as against the capacity of 800. As far as touring is concerned, I joined the prisons department a few months back, so I visited the prisons for me to understand their situation.
- Former Ranji player among 3 more held
- Rajasthan Royals to file FIR against tainted trio
- If found guilty, BCCI to ask ICC to erase Sreesanth records
- Top cops among 42 named in death of blast accused
- PM takes tough line on incursion issue
- Security forces blame Maoists, villagers say CoBRA man was killed in ‘friendly fire’