For the last two years, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar’s cabin at the anti-robbery cell office at Kurla had been locked. Salaskar had died fighting terrorists outside Cama hospital in south Mumbai on the night of November 26, 2008.
But on November 10, the cabin was opened to accommodate Salaskar’s 1983 batchmate and encounter specialist, Prafful Bhosale, as he was appointed the head of anti-robbery cell.
“It is a bittersweet moment for us. Salaskar was our mentor and no one will be able to take his place. But we are also pleased by Bhosale’s appointment... He shares the same passion to fight crime as Salaskar did,” said Inspector Sudhir Dalvi from the anti-robbery cell, who had worked closely with Salaskar.
“Last year, when a senior crime branch officer had asked us whom we preferred as Salaskar’s replacement, we had suggested Bhosale’s name,” said an officer from the anti-robbery cell.
Bhosale had been suspended in connection with the custodial death of Ghatkopar blast accused Khwaja Yunus in 2002. He was reinstated in 2009.