Terrorist kills mumbai top cops

topcopsdead_248As terrorists laid seige on Mumbai on Wednesday night, Maharashtra lost eleven of its decorated officers. The state police force lost it’s brightest officer in Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief, Hemant Karkare. Others who succumbed to bullet injuries were acclaimed encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Additional Commissioner of Police, Ashok Kamte. Photo from left – Vijay salaskar, hemant karkare, ashok kamte in uniform

Hemant Karkare, an IPS officer of the 1982 batch had served in RAW for nine years and was made the ATS chief in January this year. He was known for his discipline and fair investigation. Apart from solving the serial bomb blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel, Karkare was the man following the terror trail in the Malegaon blast case.

Encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was an IPS officer from the 1983 batch and had close to 80 encounters under his belt. He took down dead dreaded criminals like Amar Naik, Jaggu Shetty, Sadhu Shetty, Kundan Singh Rawat and Zahoor Makhanda. After being out of the spotlight for quite sometime, the encounter specialist was given the plum posting of heading the anti-extortion wing of the crime branch. Salaskar died when a bullet hit his head at the Cama hospital.

 Another key officer that Mumbai lost was ACP Ashok Kamte, who was also at the Cama hospital. He had earlier served as the commissioner of Solapur. Kamte was always known to be in the thick of action. But the police force has had no time to mourn its heroes as the fight continues to release Mumbai from the clutches of terrorists.

“CRPf, SRPF, five coloumns of the Army and two teams of Naval commandos have arrived and they have started the flushing out operation. The Cabinet Secretary and the Home Minister will be arriving in a while with more NSG commandos,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh. Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, R R Patil added, “Counter operations are on in three places – Taj hotel, Oberoi hotel and the Cama hospital. Commandos are there alongwith the Army.”

It may be hours before normalcy returns, and in the meantime people mourn the men who guarded their city.


One Response

  1. Let’s pay a tribute to the brave Hemant Karkare


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