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Kavita Karkare, wife of Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare who was killed during the 26/11 Mumbai attack, met Sonia Gandhi (IN Congress Chair Person) at her home on Monday and demanded that Ajmal Amir Kasab be hanged. “Everybody wants Kasab to be hanged as soon as possible,” Kavita told reporters.
Karkare was accompanied by Smita Salaskar, widow of senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar, who too also killed in the attack. Karkare pitched for better bulletproof jackets for the police. Both women said Sonia heard out their requests sympathetically.
Reacting to Kavita’s demand for capital punishment to Kasab, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “India is a democratic country. The trial is on. It is for the court to decide what punishment to give.”
” Demanding that Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist captured during the attacks should be sent to the gallows, Karkare said, “all victims and martyrs families feel that he should be hanged.” When asked to comment about her husband”s lost bullet proof jacket, she said “jackets have been disappeared.
That is true. It should not happen again to anyone.
“Yeh kamina, nalayak saamne hai. Haramzaada. He broke my daughter’s leg. Judge saab, please hang him. He has ruined our lives. He has ruined my daughter’s life. Trust me, he is the one who shot at the people there… Jisko lagta hai usko dard hota hai. Doesn’t he have parents?”
Judge Tahiliyani (J): You study?
Devika (D): I used to. Not any more.
J: Do you understand the meaning of God?
J: Do you understand the meaning of taking oath before God?
J: What happens after taking an oath?
D: After taking an oath, lying becomes a sin. God gives punishment.
J: Will you take oath before God?
J: Are you feeling scared?
J: Will you sit down or stand?
D: You tell me
J: You understand Hindi or Marathi?
(Judge arranges for a chair in the witness box for her)
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam (N): Do you remember the day when you were shot?
D: Yes. It was on November 26
N: Where were you going?
D: To Bharat bhai’s house in Pune. I was waiting at VT station with pappa and brother.
N: What happened?
D: I heard a loud explosion. Pappa said, “Let’s leave.” Then the firing began. My brother ran in one direction. I was with my father. I was hit on my right leg (lifts leg and shows the wound). I fell down. My leg broke. My bones broke. Blood was oozing out.
N: Then what happened?
D: I don’t know. I woke up in hospital.
N: You saw any of the shooters?
D: I saw one (pointing towards Kasab). The first one on the side.
Defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi (AK): I put to you that you didn’t see the accused.
D: I saw him. I swear on God I do not lie.
:: Vinita’s hours too wait for the hanging of Kasab :: Vinita Kamte writes a book in search of truth behind her husband’s death ::
Mumbai: For Vinita Kamte, wife of 26/11 martyr Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, the search for truth about her husband’s death turned out to be a protracted struggle against the establishment itself.
“I wanted to put his life and sacrifice in a proper perspective it deserves. It was not easy to take this decision because it was a question of whether I should speak out against a force which my husband was a part of and throwing light on the shortcomings of what happened during 26/11,” Ms. Kamte said at the launch of her book, at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel on Tuesday.
The hotel itself was one of the sites of the terror attacks.
Has Tukaram Omble already been forgotten? Harish Kotian located the spot where the brave police officer laid down his life, almost isolated during the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks.
At a homage function for Omble in Mumbai on Thursday, mediapersons and politicians were conspicuous by their absence as most of them were seen jostling at plush spots like the Taj, Trident Hotel and Cafe Leopold. The place where Omble gave his life wore a deserted look in comparison. Only a handful of people were there — mostly comprising relatives and ex-colleagues.
“Their sacrifices will never be forgotten and that is what we want to show,” said a member.