With his son
standing near him, funeral procession of the slain ATS Chief
Hemant Karkare leaves his Dadar residence.
(File Photo: ummid.com)
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Hemant Karkare' funeral in Mumbai
Mumbai: Hemant Karkare, slain
chief of the Maharashtra police Anti-Terrorism Squad, was toying
with the idea of quitting his job and joining some multinational
firm to experiment with new ideas, his wife Kavita Karkare has
dream remained unfulfilled,” she said, wondering whether her life
would have been different, had he resigned before the 26/11 Mumbai
year since the terror attacks that killed her husband, Ms. Kavita is
still to come to grips with her loss. “It came as a shock. I spent
28 years of my life with him and now suddenly he is gone. One year
is not enough to move on with my life.”
Kavita, however, feels the trial should have concluded before the
first anniversary, though she herself does not follow the
development. She finds the courtroom drama too depressing. “It is
very painful to be reminded of the attack and of Ajmal Kasab [the
lone terrorist captured alive] every now and then. However, it would
have been a tribute to all those who lost their lives if Kasab was
punished before the first anniversary.”
a 1982 batch IPS officer, was killed in an ambush near Cama
Hospital, along with another IPS officer Ashok Kamte and encounter
specialist Vijay Salaskar. After his death, the former Commissioner
of Mumbai Police Julio Rebeiro wrote in an article that “he [Karkare]
was the best police officer in Maharashtra, and I daresay in India.”
Kavita, the memories of the fateful night of November 26 remain a
vague jumble of images. “I remember my husband rushing out of the
house after dinner with shoes in hand. He did not tell me where he
was off to. After an hour or so, when I came to know there was a
terror attack, I called him up, and he told me that he was fine.
were his last words to me.” Around midnight, she gathered from the
news channels that her husband was wounded and admitted to JJ
Hospital. “I rushed to the hospital where the grim reality dawned on
me when I saw his juniors crying. My blood-pressure shot up, and I
had to be administered an injection,” she says.
remember Hemant as a brave and courageous officer, who was always
game for new experiences and challenges, but to us he was a
supportive husband and a doting father,” says Ms. Kavita, who
married Hemant in November 1980.
two years after the marriage that Hemant, earlier employed with
Hindustan Lever, joined the police force. “Initially, I was not very
happy about his joining the police, as I thought he would have to
abandon a stable job and a handsome salary at Hindustan Lever.”
Aakash is now doing a law degree at a Pune College.
decided to pursue law after his father’s death. Earlier he wanted to
be a chartered accountant. I did not ask him the reason for his
sudden change of mind.” Ms. Kavita said.
Despite the tragedy that changed her life forever,
Ms. Kavita says she won’t object to her son following in his
father’s footsteps and join the police.