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Vinita’s tribute book opens can of worms

“… They led their team from the front realising that the constabulary was ill equipped and ill trained to be sent ahead in such a situation. In spite of being ambushed they managed to injure Kasab on both hands incapacitating him.”, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Nov 26, 2009 01:03 IST
HT Correspondent

“… They led their team from the front realising that the constabulary was ill equipped and ill trained to be sent ahead in such a situation. In spite of being ambushed they managed to injure Kasab on both hands incapacitating him.”

This excerpt from the book, To The Last Bullet, written by Vinita Kamte refers to the three slain police officers __ her husband additional commissioner of police (Addl CP), Ashok Kamte, the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar. The book deals with some unanswered questions. Excerpts:

Could the injured police officers have been saved?

The injured officers were lying on the road for 40 minutes. When help arrived, Salaskar was still breathing and was taken to the hospital. Had help arrived on time Salaskar would certainly have been saved and maybe even Karkare and Kamte.

Were reinforcements provided to the officers at Cama hospital?

At 11.24pm Karkare had told the control room that he was at Cama, where grenade blasts were taking place. He had said they needed to encircle Cama and surround it. He instructed the control room to tell (KL) Prasad to speak to army authorities. This was the ATS chief giving instructions during a terror attack. Yet, for over 75 minutes (between 11.24 pm - Nov 26 to 12.49 am - Nov 27) – no help or reinforcements came.

Why did the three officers go together?

Karkare’s team had set out to enter Cama hospital because one Addl CP (Sadanand Date) was injured and trapped inside, with terrorists still there. Karkare had to have the best team with him. It was natural he took Ashok, who had the experience of fighting extremists and was the only officer around with an AK-47, and Salaskar, who was a veteran of many an encounter.

Some officers failed to act

One Addl CP with half a dozen armed constables stayed put on the terrace of the Anjuman School (opposite the rear gate of Cama) for over an hour till 12.30 am (Nov 27). Was he not suppose to rescue Addl CP Date as informed by Maria to Gafoor?

Another Addl CP was in the Special Branch office when Karkare’s team was ambushed in the lane a few hundred feet away. Why did he not come out?

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