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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Why Hemant Karkare's wife is upset

Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karkare, slammed the state government and the police department on Tuesday. At a function in Mumbai to commemorate the 26/11 attacks, she said she is yet to get a concrete answer about how her husband died. Almost a year has passed since Karkare's death.
'"I have repeatedly met senior police officer to find out how my husband died but no one has given me any answer. I have been told that I will never know how he died," Kavita said.
"Even his bulletproof vest has gone missing  - the vest's procurement file marks it missing. I always suspected they would say that the jacket has gone missing," she said adding that policemen were giving out wrong details about the circumstances surrounding her husband's death.

Karkare, 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 during the November 26 terror attacks last year.

Despite wearing bullet-proof jackets, the officer received three fatal bullet-injuries in chest which raised question mark over the efficacy of these jackets in the wake of such terror attacks.
"It is being said that my husband, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salskar got killed as they went into the operation blindly but the truth is they kept asking for reinforcements and help for 40 minutes which they never got. For 40 minutes, their bodies were there on the road while the terrorists bodies were rushed to the hospital. They have spent Rs 22 crore on preserving the bodies of the nine terrorists. But they couldn't be careful enough to preserve my husband's bulletproof jacket," she said.
Former Deputy Commissioner of police Y P Singh, who organised the function, said he would ensure that the matter is taken to its logical conclusion.

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