Kavita Karkare, the wife of former Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS)
chief Hemant Karkare on Wednesday questioned the state government on
why her husband and two other senior officials who were killed on
26/1, did not get reinforcements on time.
This is for
the first time the slain officer’s family has confirmed that he did
not get the back up when it was required.
along with Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ashok Kamte and
Inspector Vijay Salaskar were killed by terrorists near Cama
Hospital in Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus during the Mumbai siege.
the media, Kavita said: “I just didn’t know anything in the initial
six months, politicians, media people and other people were coming
to my place, but I was not aware what exactly was going around.
Nobody has ever told me that what exactly happened that day. No
senior officers have told me till date what had happened with my
husband. I have just gathered information from media people, or read
in magazines and newspapers, till date I don’t know the exact facts
of that day.”
politicians started raising questions saying that he acted in very
hasty manner and went for the operation blindly then we started
gathering facts about the incident. Then, we came to know when Kamte,
Karkare, Salaskar were planning strategy in Cama hospital for 40
minutes. They had asked for help, but they couldn’t get help in
those 40 minutes. Why they could not get help in 40 minutes, but
nobody is giving me that answer,”she added.
revealed that she was told by some police officials that it would
not be possible for her to get to know what exactly happened with
her husband during the terror attacks.
alleged that Hemant Karkare was left injured and unattended for over
40 minutes and not taken to the hospital on time.
question is that when these people were there in Cama Lane for 40
minutes, why were they not given any help? And, when there bodies
were lying, why the bodies of those people were not picked for about
40 minutes,” Kavita questioned.
they are spending millions of rupees to preserve the bodies of the
nine militants who launched the attack, just because at
international level we have to show that we are showing humanity.
But the bodies of martyrs were lying there as it is. What is
happening in our country? And when will there be a change,” she
last week, Kavita also alleged that her husband’s bulletproof jacket
has gone missing.
when his body was found, the bulletproof jacket was missing and the
Right to Information (RTI) application had not yielded any
information on its whereabouts.
six months it struck me that his jacket is missing. But I was not in
my senses to file RTI application. Now two months back when I filed
RTI, I came to know that the jacket is actually missing,” Kavita