It has been a long three months for the Kakkads, who on Friday said they now accepted that 35-year-old Karan is dead.
“It was three months of fighting fear with hope, three months of endless wait. Now that it is over, we want to simply leave,” said Hanish Kakkad, Karan’s brother, who used to be with the Army.
Hanish and his mother came to the city on March 9 when they could not get in touch with Karan after March 5. Despite Vijay Palande’s confession that he had killed Kakkad and despite having identified Karan’s bracelet found at Kumbharli ghat, they hoped that Karan was alive.
“But now the DNA report has confirmed it. Denying it would be running from the truth,” he said. The family will now appeal to the court for Karan’s remains so that they can perform his last rites.
“Since Karan went missing, Hanish has hardly visited his family in Delhi. He would say he can’t go back without knowing what happened to his brother. Now, if nothing else, we can go back home,” Rita said.