Hasan Gafoor

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Hasan Gafoor
Director General of Police, Maharashtra
In office
14 June 2009 – 31 December 2010 as Commissioner of Mumbai
Preceded by D.N. Jadhav
Personal details
Born 11 December 1950
Hyderabad, India
Died 12 March 2012 (aged 62)
Mumbai, India
Resting place Mumbai, India
Citizenship Indian
Nationality Indian
Residence Mumbai
Occupation Law enforcement
Religion Islam

Hasan Gafoor (11 December 1950 – 12 March 2012) was the Director General of Police of Maharashtra (Anti Corruption bureau). Previously he was the Director General of Police of Maharashtra and managing director of the Maharashtra Police Housing & Welfare Corporation. He was the Police Commissioner of Mumbai, but was promoted as an aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.[1] Prior to being the Police Commissioner, he was the Additional Director General, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) between 15 June 2007 and 29 February 2008.[1] Gafoor is a 1974 batch IPS officer, and was the second Muslim to become the police chief of Mumbai after Syed Majeedullah, who was the Police Commissioner from 1962 to 1965.[2]

After taking over as commissioner in February 2008, Gafoor was worried about his ragtag force’s ability to counter a terrorist strike. But he was starved of funds. So he improvised. Former British commandos whom he had befriended as Air India’s security chief were invited to train a select group. Kamte was given charge of this programme. The famous Israeli-run ICTS aviation security company trained Mumbai airport police on essentials such as how to profile passengers or identify a suicide bomber. The training was free of cost, since ICTS was looking for an entry into the Indian market. His most ambitious project was to modernise the antiquated police control room through a citywide electronic surveillance system. But in a police force bedeviled by corruption and crass careerism, men like Gafoor, Karkare and Kamte (two officers he was professionally close to — he called Kamte “my right arm”) remained ‘outsiders’.

Many senior IPS officers point out that 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. His shooting skills were remarkable and spoken of highly in the police fraternity. Junior officers were impressed when they saw him fire a weapon. It was often said that he would never miss a target, no matter what weapon he fired," said a senior IPS officer.

An engineering graduate, Gafoor's knowledge of weapons and his familiarity with them was evident at a display of the Mumbai Police's firing abilities at the Goregaon SRPF ground post 26/11. Guests invited to the display left the event talking about Gafoor's accuracy with modern assault rifles and his vast knowledge of weapons.

He headed a small group of IPS officers who were assigned the task of researching and drawing up a list of modern weapons such as MP-5 rifles, vehicles, armour and other equipment that were acquired by the Mumbai Police to bolster its anti-terror capabilities.

"When weapons were being examined, he would speak his mind out about their pros and cons. He was very dedicated to his work and refused to take it easy. He was an officer who knew what the police fraternity stood for and how people look up to us. He never let the post come in his way and humility was one of his qualities," said an officer from the Mumbai Police.The media-shy Gafoor chose to retire away from the spotlight and in an unusual deviation from tradition, he choose to end his career the way he preferred to work — away from the glare.

An officer said that while Gafoor is no more, the legacy he left behind in terms of helping choose weapons would help the police secure the city, and remember him for his service.

Hasan Gafoor passed his bachelor of Engineering from the university of Mumbai and was instrumental in the implementation of many technical upgrades in the Maharashtra Police.

Hasan Gafoor retired from active service after an illustrious record on 31 December 2010. At that time he was the seniormost Police officer in the State of Maharashtra. Hasan Gafoor died of a heart attack in the Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, on 12 March 2012.[3][4][5]

Incidents[edit]

During his tenure as Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Gafoor handled the following events:

  1. 2008 anti-North Indian violence in Maharashtra
  2. 2008 Ahmedabad bombings
  3. Rahul Raj encounter
  4. November 2008 Mumbai attacks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "D Sivanandan to be new police chief of Mumbai". Times of India. Times Group. June 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ Burney, Shahid Raza (2 March 2008). "Gafoor Mumbai Police Chief". Arab News. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Former police chief Hasan Gafoor dead". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor dead - Rediff.com India News". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Mumbai police chief Hasan Gafoor dead - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
Preceded by
D.N. Jhadav
Police Commissioner of Mumbai
1 March 2008 – 13 June 2009
Succeeded by
Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan