Could not reach top officers for 15 minutes after blasts: Chavan
Mr. Chavan said the situation arose due to “complete collapse” of mobile communication on Wednesday evening for the first 15 minutes after the terror attack in which 18 persons were killed. “We were in a very tense position”.
He said the government was now thinking of having satellite phones or developing a secure communication network.
“The mobile communication completely collapsed. The phone lines got jammed. I could not contact the chief of police, the DG police for 15 minutes (after the explosions). That is very serious. We depended on our mobile phones and radio wireless communication devices,” Mr. Chavan told TV channels.
Mr. Chavan said these lacunae needed to be plugged.
“I’ve talked to the national security people to develop a secure network so that the situation like the 15-minute network jam does not happen again,” he added.
The Chief Minister said authorities were trying to revive the state-wide Very High Frequency (VHF) network as a back up since it is not currently in use.
He also spoke of the need to expedite the procurement process of police modernisation equipment, specially CCTV cameras to be installed at prominent places.
Mr. Chavan also said he was looking into why it was difficult to procure equipments for the police force.
“Everything that has been recommended (in Ram Pradhan Committee report) has not been done, like purchase of close circuit cameras have not been purchased, the procurement is a problem…police modernisation programme has not moved as rapidly as we would have liked to,” he added.
Mr. Chavan disagreed that there was an intelligence failure in giving a warning of the triple blasts.
“We routinely monitor electronic equipments, nothing came up, and there was no lead from Delhi,” he said.
Mr. Chavan however agreed there was a need to increase intelligence gathering capabilities.
He also said the state Cabinet at its meeting held yesterday informally discussed the difficulties caused by visits of VIPs along with large entourage at hospitals during emergency situations, which put a strain on hospital administrations.