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Kavita Karkare, wife of slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare, is no more

Kavita Karkare, wife of slain ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed in the 26/11 terror attack, was a saviour to widows of constables as she took up their causes and fought for justice by visiting Mantralaya corridors


Kavita Karkare, wife of slain Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Chief of Maharashtra, Hemant Karkare, passed away on Monday afternoon. She suffered brain hemorrhage after she collapsed, while having breakfast on Saturday morning. She slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead on arrival at the hospital. She was on artificial ventilation until this afternoon, before breathing her last.

Kavita transformed herself into a crusader for the wives and widows of the police constabulary fraternity; as she fought for their rights, be it their children’s education;


pension or any personal grievances. In fact, she played the role of an elder sister to Vinita Kamte, wife of Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ashok Kamte who was also killed in the 26/11 terror attack along with Karkare and Vijay Salaskar.

Vinita, who is very upset with the news, said, “She (Kavita) gave me the moral courage to go ahead with my investigations of the call log records of the 26/11 attack, which pointed to criminal negligence by the Control Room in not responding to the requests of the three officers on Ground Zero. In fact, she was a friend and crusader for hundreds of wives of police personnel, pro-actively addressing their problems. Kavita helped Tukaram Ombale’s wife and family to get the appropriate pension and other promises that was made to them after Constable Ombale was killed after he caught Ajmal Kasab alive.’’

Kavita Karkare, shed all her inhibitions of having been a wife of a senior police officer and picked up the gauntlet to ensure justice for the wives and widows of constables by knocking at various government offices. She along with Smita Salaskar, wife of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, had also approached Congress President Sonia Gandhi to sort out indifference meted out to them by the Mumbai Police and the state government on certain issues.

Kavita had penned a foreword for the best seller book “To the last bullet” penned by Vinita Kamte and co-authored by this writer. Her opening line was, “Being a police officer’s wife, I have always believed that it is a crime to suffer injustice.” She indeed walked the talk.

Kavita was very proud at the guts shown by Vinita and stated, “Vinita Kamte, who, with undaunted tenacity and perseverance uncovered the truth behind the death of her brave husband, Ashok Kamte – and how he fell to terrorists’ bullets on 26/11 - has lived up to this belief (of not suffering injustice.)”

Kavita was very agitated when her husband’s valour was questioned during the 26/11 attack on him by the terrorists, along with Kamte and Salaskar. She had tenaciously pursued the case of `rejected’ bullet proof jackets, one of them which was finally used by her husband, leading to his inability to defend himself from the series of bullets fired on him. Kavita had then said she got her inspiration from Vinita. “It was her (Vinita Kamte’s) courage that gave me the impetus to raise my voice against the sub-standard bullet-proof jackets provided to the police and which Hemant wore on that fateful night.


Would he have been saved if the jacket was of international standards is a question that will haunt me for the rest of my life.’’ However, the state Home Ministry and the Mumbai Police ensured that her campaign met with a feeble end, as they have allegedly covered up the incident. Kavita was most distressed when a section of the media and a top bureaucrat in the Home Ministry belittled her campaign, asking her to go ahead in life.

Thanking Vinita for her investigations, she has stated in her Foreword, “I have always seen my husband’s leadership through the years and was therefore surprised when doubts were raised in this particular incident, wherein he along with Ashok and Mr Salaskar dared to take on terrorists, without support of reinforcement from the Mumbai Police, despite repeated requests by him. For several days, I was being fed with misinformation regarding the death of my husband. It was made to appear that my husband walked into the lane, sat inside a vehicle and was shot dead by terrorists. To Vinita and her twin sister Revati goes the credit of exposing one of the most shameful acts of cover-up attempted by the authorities to dismiss the officers’ bravery as foolhardiness.’”

Kavita leaves behind two daughters and a son.  She will be remembered for her compassion and courage. Moneylife salutes her.



Ralph Rau

2 years ago

If the police do not fight for their own should we expect them to defend the public ?


2 years ago

Hats off to her. Her example needs to be followed by many a Police wives.

Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Dear Vinita,
I was sure of your article today but not the end info in this article. I was chilled when I read your book about a year ago and that chill is going to remain lifelong with me.
I salute you all, Ladies, for going so far.


2 years ago

This is such a sad news. Farewell, courageous lady. You will be missed. RIP.

Bank Holidays: No need to panic

Due to holidays during this weekend and early next week, banks have decided to work on 30th September and 1st October


Bank customers across the country can heave a sigh of relief, as there will not be continuous holidays during this and early next week. This week, banks will have holidays only on 2nd and 3rd October, owing to Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti and Dussehra and would function as normal on 30th September and 1st October.


Officials from private and public sector banks told Moneylife that this time, there would be no half-yearly closing. Banks will have holidays only for two days this week and one day next week. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), both on 2nd and 3rd October, cheque clearing and Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) services would not be available.


Saturday, 4th October, is half-working day and due to two consecutive days of holidays, there would be huge rush in banks across the country. There would two day’s holiday again after Saturday.


On Monday, all banks would remain closed for Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zuha). However, on 6th October, only cheque clearance will not be available and customers with Internet or mobile banking can do transactions, like RTGS online.


Several trader organisations had advised members to complete all their banking transactions looking at the long list of holidays this week. This also means that the branch banking system would be back in full force only on next Tuesday.


According Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), such a long spell of bank holidays will certainly hamper normal conduct of business operations across the country because during the season sales, traders do lot of purchasing for stocking materials.


SEZs of Hindalco, Essar, Adani cancelled

According to the Commerce Ministry, nine developers of these SEZs have to refund the duty benefits availed by them


The Indian government has cancelled approvals of nine special economic zones (SEZs) citing unsatisfactory progress by the developers for executing of the projects. This includes SEZs of Hindalco Industries in Orissa, Essar Jamnagar SEZ Ltd and Adani Townships & Real Estate Company.


The decision was taken in the meeting of the Board of Approval (BoA) headed by Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher on 18th September.


In a statement, the Commerce Ministry said, "The Board noted that the progress made by the following developers/co-developers is not satisfactory. The Board, after deliberations, decided to cancel the formal approval/ notification/co—developer status, as the case may be, in nine cases.”


It said the developers have to refund the duty benefits availed by them. “The approval is subject to the Development Commissioner furnishing a certificate... that the developer has not availed any tax/ duty benefits under SEZ Act/Rules or has refunded any such benefits availed by it and subject to the state government furnishing it’s no objection certificate to the proposal,” it added.


Hindalco Industries had proposed to set up an aluminium product SEZ in Orissa. The formal approval to the developer was granted in July 2007. The developer was granted extension from time to time and the last extension granted expired on 31 December 2013.


Essar Jamnagar SEZ Ltd, which had proposed to set up a multi-product zone in Gujarat, got formal approval in August 2006. It was expired in August 2009. The developer did not make any request for further extension of approval.


Similarly, Adani Townships & Real Estate Company Ltd had proposed an IT/ITeS zone in Gujarat. The BoA granted formal approval in June 2007, which expired in June 2010.


The developer had reported that they could not proceed with the SEZ project due to adverse demand scenario from IT sector and accordingly they are not interested in perusing the project.


The other developers whose SEZs were cancelled include Chennai Business Park, Integrated Warehousing Kandla Project Development and Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation.


As per SEZ rules, formal approval is valid for a period of three years, by which time at least one unit has to commence production and the zone becomes operational from the date of commencement of such production.


Provision to this rule provides for extension of this formal approval by BoA, for which the developer will submit his application to the concerned DC, who shall, within 15 days, forward it to the Board with his recommendations.


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