Coast Guard`s failure in 26/11 under CAG scrutiny

The role of Coast Guard in failing to prevent the 26/11 attacks has come in for scrutiny of the CAG.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 11:51 AM IST

New Delhi: The role of Coast Guard in
failing to prevent the 26/11 attacks has come in for scrutiny
of the CAG which is believed to have expressed its unhappiness
over the force being unable to detect and prevent 10 armed
Pakistani terrorists from sneaking into Mumbai.

The Defence Ministry and the Coast Guard officials,
during an `exit conference` with the CAG, are understood to
have admitted that there were some lapses, particularly in
patrolling, on the part of the maritime force due to which it
failed to prevent the attack, government sources said.

In a performance audit of the Coast Guard, the
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has extensively dealt
with the role of the maritime force at the time of the terror
attacks on November 26, 2008 when the Pakistani terrorists
struck in Mumbai for 60 hours, killing over 160 people.
"The Coast Guard officials have accepted that there
has been a mistake on their part," a source said.

An `exit conference` is usually conducted when the
audit exercise is complete and the CAG officials discuss their
findings and recommendation with the auditee.

Besides the 2008 attacks issue, the CAG audit has
examined the overall performance of the Indian Coast Guard.
The report is expected to be tabled in Parliament during the
next session.
After the attacks, the Cabinet Committee on Security
(CCS) had sanctioned 40 ships, 20 boats and 42 aircraft in
February 2009.

For an effective surveillance, the government has also
sanctioned a Coast Guard plan to deploy radars, cameras and
sensors atop all light-houses in coastal areas to detect and
identify ships close to shores in a two-phased project.

PTI