Barely ten days before the second anniversary of the September
2008 blast, the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) finally
confirmed the naming of a city road after the
slain ATS Chief, Hemant Karkare.
The road that adjoins Nehru Chowk
and Bhikku Chowk - the place that was attacked by the terrorists
on September 29 in 2008, in a simple ceremony September 16 is
named as Shaheed Hemant Karkare Marg.
MMC Commissioner Jivan Sonawane
unveiled the board commemorating the slain ATS Chief, Hemant
Karkare who had exposed the hitherto hidden face of 'Saffron
Terrorism' - as described recently by the Union Home Minister, P
The ceremony reminded the victims
the bitter memories of the September 2008 blast and the
investigations into it carried by Hemant Karkare.
"Naming of this road after Shaheed
Hemant Karkare shows that Hemant Karkare is still alive in the hearts of people of Malegaon. This is a small token from us to
commemorate the slain officer", Javed Ansari who had sustained
injuries in the blast said while speaking to ummid.com.
"However", he added, "The real
homage to him will be only through carrying forward the
investigations of the Malegaon blast from where he had left.
Unfortunately this is not the case. Those named by Hemant Karkare
are still at large, and the present ATS and the government do not
show any interest in nabbing them."
Decision to name the road after
slain ATS Chief Hemant Karkare was unanimously taken by the
Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) in its general body meeting
held on December 18 in 2008.
The idea to rename the 500-meter road
starting from Bhikhu Chowk, where the blast occurred, till Nehru Chowk as Shaheed
Hemant Karkare Marg was first moved by then Mayor Haji Najmuddin
It is claimed that Shaheed Hemant
Karkare Marg in Malegaon is the only memorial in the entire
country built to commemorate the Slain ATS Chief, Hemant Karkare.