The Malayalam translation of a book that alleges that former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare was killed by Hindu terrorists is witnessing high sales in Muslim-dominated parts of Kerala.
The book Who Killed Karkare? The real face of terrorism in India claims that Karkare, who was probing a network of Hindu terror outfits in 2008 and had made some arrests, fell victim to collusion between these outfits and probe agencies.
It challenges the official version that Karkare was shot dead by the Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, killing more than 160 people over three days.
Authored by SM Mushrif, a former inspector general with Maharashtra police, the book was published last year in English and has been translated into Malayalam, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil.
In Kerala, the Malayalam translation Karkaraye Konnatharu sold more than 100 copies at a leading bookstore in Kozhikode on the day of its release in April.
“We are getting bulk orders of the Malayalam translation brought out by Tejas Publications,” said the bookstore owner, asking not to be named.
Tejas is the publication wing of radical Muslim outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), which also runs a Malayalam newspaper.
Besides selling the book, PFI is also circulating it free. “What is wrong it in?” PFI leader Nazruddin Elamaram said, defending the high sales. “If a book exposes the collusion between terror networks and the Intelligence Bureau, it will naturally generate more curiosity.”
The outfit was in the news last month for chopping off a Kerala professor’s right hand after he allegedly denigrated Prophet Mohammad in a question paper he prepared.
The police found several bundles of fresh prints of the book when they raided its hideouts.