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26/11 Probe: A Seismic Book

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Read it and know the truth for yourself. How IB influenced even the seemingly invincible judiciary and elicited decisions in its favour is something one cannot imagine.

Book Review
 
Book:26/11 Probe – Why Judiciary Also Failed
Author: S.M. Mushrif
Publisher: Pharos Media, New Delhi  (books@pharosmedia.com)
Year: 2014
Pages: 218/ PB  (with DVD containing footages of important incidents supporting the author's analysis)
ISBN: 978-81-7221-062-5
Price: Rs 275 /Euro 11

“Truth is always unnerving. It strikes like a blitzkrieg and often catches us unawares,” wrote the great Mexican poet and Nobel laureate Octavio Paz in his poem “The ruins of Aztec”.

The very first line of S M Mushrif's explosive new book, “26/11 Probe — Why Judiciary Also Failed?” reminds one of Paz’s pithy observation because this book drags us out of our comfort zone and (false) belief that was systematically fed by Intelligence Bureau (IB), right wing groups and other security agencies of Indian government revolving around the charade that started on the fateful night of November 26, 2008 claiming many innocent lives and three (Hindu) police officers, Hemant Karkare being the chief martyr. 

Before I descant upon the contents of this volatile book, I must say that this book is devoid of any communal prejudice, despite being painstakingly penned by a former top cop (S M Mushrif, ex-Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra), who happens to be a Muslim but is above religiosity. His first book “Who Killed Karkare” (2009) also engendered a raft of uncomfortable questions that rattled right wing groups and IB. The latest book further throws light on the nefarious and Hindu religio-centric designs of IB and its arbitrary interference with judiciary.

It must be mentioned categorically that one Mr Radhakant Yadav, a 77-year-old veteran socialist leader of Bihar and a three-time member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, filed a Criminal Writ Petition in the Bombay High Court in July 2010 after reading Mr Mushrif's first book “Who Killed Karkare”. He was thoroughly convinced by the meticulous points raised by Mushrif. In the petition, Mr Yadav pointed out the serious shortcomings in the investigation and demanded a re-investigation of the case by an independent agency. It's obvious that Mr Yadav smelt a rat and he could discern the serious flaws and discrepancies in the investigation conducted by Intelligence Bureau, comprising right wing Hindus (Brahmins, to be more precise). 

Mr Yadav's petition states: “The IB and right-wing terror groups killed Hemant Karkare by taking advantage of LeT’s Mumbai attack/The two alleged terrorists (Abu Ismail & Ajmal Kasab, the latter was hanged at Yerwada on November 21, 2012) in CST-Cama-Rangbhavan Lane were not from the LeT-terrorist group that came from Pakistan / There is no mention of the names of these two accused in the recorded conversations/Keeping hostages-a part of conspiracy / Attempt to hide the identity of the persons killed in the taxi blasts (The petitioner says that there was an attempt to hide the identity of the persons killed in the taxi blasts. The two blasts in taxis at Vile Parle and Vadi Bandar Road, Mazgaon on the day of the Mumbai terror attack, killing and injuring some persons were comparatively very minor incidents and hence could have been dismissed as some mischief on the part of terrorists. But the desperate attempt like sending the pieces of flesh and bones for DNA analysis on the part of the prosecution to prove the exact number of persons killed, and to get the identity of the bodies broken into pieces established by their relatives makes one ponder over the suspicion expressed by Mr Mushrif in his book (pp. 229-231) under sub-title “The guilty conscience of the Crime Branch Mumbai and the IB-The mystery of taxi blasts at Vile Parle and Wadi Bandar” that the IB and police had been keen to hide the identity of the real persons killed in the two blasts. The petitioner says that the arguments advanced by the prosecution in regard to the taxis blasts do not appeal to any sound logic.

Yadav's trenchant petition leaves IB as well as judiciary flabbergasted because it further underlines that Mushrif's arguments in his first book are not an opium-eater's incoherent ramblings and gibberish. The second book (26/11 Probe) further consolidates his stand that there’s a very big conspiracy that has far and wide ramifications. 

With no sympathy for the executed Ajmal Kasab, the second book 26/11 Probe questions the real identity of the man who was furtively hanged at Yerwada on November 21, 2012. Did he come along with the other eight terrorists from Pakistan? Was he a part of the attack perpetrated by LeT? Doesn't it stand to reason that he was later brought and made an scapegoat because the scrutiny of TV footages revealed astonishing facts: Both the terrorists travelling in the Skoda car were killed at Girgaum Chowpatty (Part A of Annexure II)/One of the dead terrorists resurrected (Part B of Annexure II)/ TV Channels forced to change the story. 

The book reveals a host of facts that were intentionally shelved by the IB. In fact, 26/11 didn't catch IB and other investigative agencies with their pants down. IB was very much in the know of the fact that LeT sent a group of terrorists from Pakistan to create mayhem in Mumbai. It (IB) allowed the group to enter, in order to execute its own plan to eliminate Karkare taking advantage of the huge chaos. It was actually a “parallel execution” in the parlance of criminology. Karakre had become a thorn in the flesh of Hindu militant outfits because of his upright stand against the explosions actually masterminded by Hindu organizations. His elimination, therefore, became a sine qua non. 

Mushrif provides a DVD to buttress his point. Truth is here for all to read and see, literally as well as metaphorically. That Mushrif’s first book was not banned is an evidence enough that its contents were too volcanic for any agency or government to suppress. And now the second book, “26/11 Probe,” explodes all myths that were woven around 26/11 by IB. 

Read it and know the truth for yourself. How IB influenced even the seemingly invincible judiciary and elicited decisions in its favour is something one cannot imagine.  Remember Che Guevara's words, “falsehood spread by a small group often becomes the fact for a larger group.” Don't let this happen. Kill the falsehood before it assumes the form of a fact.

The book-reviewer may be contacted at sumitmaclean[@]hotmail.com.   

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