From a shunned cop to authority on terrorism

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 14:48:32


By Shirish Borkar,

Nagpurian Shirish Thorat brings forth the dirty game of ISIS in Syria in his new book

POLITICAL interference almost put paid to this upright cop’s hopes of achieving something great in his field. But the ‘officer’ in him never let Shirish Thorat, a Nagpurian, to call it quits. The huge setback he got, largely due to political meddling, while serving the Goa Police did not deter him. And after facing several obstacles, travelling the globe acquiring knowledge and meeting people, he finally rose to become an International Security Consultant.
Thorat, a student of SFS High School and later Hislop College, is now settled in United States. He is considered as an authority on the subjects of terrorism, money laundering and risk mitigation.

An ICAO certified aviation security professional Thorat has is also co-author of popular book ‘Scout’, which traces the journey of David Headley, son of a Pakistani aristocrat and an American mother. He co-authored the book with encounter specialist of Mumbai Police Sachin Vaze who eliminated several gangsters owing allegiance to Dawood Ibrahim’s gang. Headley had coordinated with terror mastermind Hafeez Saeed, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and conducted several reconnaissance missions to perfect the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Considered an authority on the subjects of terrorism, money laundering and risk mitigation, Thorat now has independently penned, ‘A Ticket to Syria’ (a story about ISIS in Maldives) a book to be released by Bloomsbury internationally next month.

Thorat stayed in Nagpur from 1977 to 1981. His father was serving with Civil Aviation Department. He lived in Barakholi. “There was no bus service from the area that time. I used to cycle from Barakholi to Sitabuldi, Pratap Nagar, Sai Baba Temple, Ajni, and Sadar,” he reminisced the old days while talking to ‘The Hitavada’.
After the setback he received while in Goa Police, Thorat ventured into the innovative software applications sector for law enforcement agencies.

“After my victimisation by political bigwigs while in Goa Police, it was a great challenge for me. Despite all odds, I went to United Kingdom and studied at Royal Military College in Cranfield University. Thereafter, I was approved by Emirates Group. I was Chief investigator of Emirates Airlines and Emirates Group,” he said.
The former cop then returned to India and opened his Security Training Academy and also Security Ardent and
compliances before migrating to New Jersey in US to become an independent contractor for risk/threat intervention.

Talking about the his latest book ‘A Ticket to Syria’ Thorat said the book is based on true events. It also serves as a warning of the dangers of Love Jihad.
The chain of events which resulted in the creation of the book was set into motion when an entire family from Maldives locked up their house and went to Syria via India and Turkey. They had been radicalised by the ISIS propaganda machine which has been making inroads into Maldivian society.

“Almost immediately after their departure, I was contacted by brother of the only person of the group who had not gone voluntarily. She was a newly-wedded bride and had been lured under false pretense of a vacation by her husband. One of the male members of this family was a young man who had trained to be a professional pilot in the United States,” he narrated.

“In an inter-agency operation with lasted several months, ‘A ticket to Syria’ narrates the ISIS system of radicalisation, recruitment, training, and ideology. It also examines the reasons why people from all over the world prefer to wage Jihad against all possible perceived idolaters and non-believers of Salafist Islamic fundamentalism,” he added.
Thorat said his book is an authentic narrative. Names and certain facts have been deliberately twisted and changed in order to protect certain people and preserve secrecy.

“I have many friends in Maldives and it happens to be one of my most favorite places. Over the last few years I was saddened by the inroads that Saudi-sponsored Salafist organisations have made into a paradise like Maldives,” he lamented.

‘A Ticket to Syria’ is also a story of faith and beliefs, friendship and betrayal. “It’s a roller coaster adventure that takes place in different regions such as India, Syria, United States and off the coast of United Arab Emirates,” he concluded.