"Terrorists" wear skull caps in anti-terror mock drill

''Terrorists'' wear skull caps in anti-terror mock drill

During the drill, the Special Operations Group (SOG) was assigned the task of nabbing 'terrorists' trying to enter India. After some fake firing, the 'terrorists' were nabbed and arms and mobiles were

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday apologized for the ‘mistake’ of the state police after the cops courted controversy when they made dummy terrorists wear skullcaps during an anti-terror mock drill, Times Now reported.

The exercise had brought embarrassment to cops. The exercise was carried out by Surat police at Dabhari near Olpad.

During the drill, the Special Operations Group (SOG) was assigned the task of nabbing ‘terrorists’ trying to enter India. After some fake firing, the ‘terrorists’ were nabbed and arms and mobiles were recovered.

"Even real terrorists do not come wearing a skull cap. Police should take care and not relate terrorism to followers of any religion. I will investigate the issue personally," said Gujarat BJP minority cell president Mehboob Ali Chishti.

A defensive SOG Inspector B C Thakkar said, "The mock drill participants were asked to wear skull cap just to give them a different look. It was not an intentional move to relate to a specific community." SP (Surat rural) Pradeep Sejul added, "This should not happen."