The Center embarrassed after name in list given to Pakistan actually present in Mumbai, slipup is serious

From time to time, the Center does various slipups in terms of law and order, or statements which seem to portray that proper research has not gone into its investigations and some of the documentation is shoddy. In the past, some of the material supplied to Pakistan as proof of its complicity in terror attacks in India have had problems. The situation between Pakistan and India is extremely tense, and any such slip-ups can cause Pakistan to immediately react and point out problems, and use these problems to justify concerns about the accuracy of the rest of the documentation. It is absolutely necessary that such documentation, such dossiers (which do go through a fair amount of international appraisal as well) be absolutely accurate and can stand any scrutiny.
In the latest such slipup, the Government sent a list to Pakistan that contained 50 most wanted criminals that are present in Pakistan, and whom India wants Pakistan to send back to India. This list contains people who top the criminal and terrorist list such as Dawood Ibrahim, his henchmen, Hafeez Mohammad Saeed (the head of the Lashkar), Syed Sallahuddin, and many others. India has the stipulation that these people are all present in Pakistan based on various information collected by Indian agencies and even by international agencies such as Interpol and by various media. One expects that such a list would be the basis for a discussion, where the Indian Government will push for Pakistan to send these people back if it is serious about combating terrorism and also if it wants to convince India that it is not acting against India.

However, things get complicated when it becomes clear that this list has issues, in this case, where one of the persons mentioned in this list is actually present in India, was arrested a long time back and can be hauled in by the Mumbai police when it requires him. This was exposed by a newspaper, and was finally accepted by the Government, which stated that this was a mistake with regard to the communication between the Mumbai Police and central agencies such as the CBI and the National Investigative Agency. Further, when the Mumbai police arrested him, they did not communicate the same to the CBI, and as a result, he was still on the Interpol list, which is another problem. The advantage of being on the Interpol list is that there is global pressure, but one should not show any slip-shoddiness in terms of preparing such a list (link to article):

Law enforcement agencies in the state busied themselves passing the buck on Wednesday after Union home minister P Chidambram blamed the Mumbai police and the Intelligence Bureau alike for the lapse in getting Wazhul Kamar Khan’s name deleted from the most wanted list. The city police, for their part, took Chidambram’s indictment as a partial vindication, and quickly faulted the IB and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for the blunder.
The goof-up has put the spotlight on the Thane commissionerate and the IB’s unit in the lake city. An accused in the 2003 Mulund train blast case, Khan is out on bail and resides with his family in the Wagle Estate area, Thane (W). As instructed by the court, he reports to the local office of the ATS once every month.The Thane police insist they have no role in the most-wanted list prepared by the ministry of home affairs and forwarded to Pakistan.

1 comment to The Center embarrassed after name in list given to Pakistan actually present in Mumbai, slipup is serious

  • Devanshu

    What can we say? Our esteemed authorities have ensured that we’ve made fools of ourselves. What credibility will we have in any future demands we make of Pakistan? This is, sadly, yet another instance of the shoddiness of our offial establishment. Shame on them.

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