Op-X that kept 2 cities in dark

Yerawada

'Transfer of Kasab to Pune from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai was one of the most finely worked out operations ever'

The transfer of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab to Pune from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai for his execution in Yerawada jail in Pune was one of the most finely worked out operations ever, an officer from the state police force revealed on Wednesday.

Police officers said a detailed set of instructions for every stage of the transfer was given for the safe transit to "ensure completion of a fair judicial process."

Kasab was brought to Yerawada in a convoy of private vehicles. "The security arrangements were moderate. Stepping security up at any place would have caught undue attention. The operation labelled Operation X was co-ordinated by senior officers of the Mumbai police and those from the prisons department."

After he was brought here on Monday, the crime branch team that accompanied him was also deployed for his security and there were jail staff too, said an officer.

He added, "Cell phones are not allowed inside the jail even in normal circumstances. The Mumbai police officers and jail officers on-duty were not allowed to leave the premises until the execution was over."

After the execution, an SMS was sent to the home minister confirming completion of the operation. Sources said, "We were told the operation is of international importance and any untoward incident could have very bad repercussions. We now know that Mumbai police officials did not even talk to their families since they came here with Kasab."

A jail department officer said, "Safe transfer to Pune jail was a crucial point in ensuring the case reached its logical end. There was already a case of alleged murder of undertrial Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui in the jail. And so we had to be even more alert."

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