Karkare, Antulay and Politics
I am not at all surprised by the fact that Union Minister (Also ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra) A R Antulay has raised some questions against the death of Hemant Karkare during terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26/11. It’s because he needs some votes from a section of people who ‘believes’ that Mr. Karkare was killed due to his involvement in the Malegaon blast case. In a country where media calls for trial even before any investigations have started or that lacks transparency all over the process of investigation, this is always expected. People will believe what they like to believe in an absence of “concrete” evidences as they don’t trust their State.
What Antulay has pointed out is actually quite different from what Pakistan media has been saying for a while. Antulay pointed out that the murder of Karkare does not fit into the story or the purpose of the attackers. So, somebody (aparently someone related to Malegaon case accused) has taken this oppourtunity to kill him while the terrorists indeed were terrorised the city. He did not deny that the attackers came from Pakistan. Neither did he pointed that the “whole incident” as an “inside job”, but he claims the killing of Mr Karkare was forcibly fitted into the same pattern.
Let me move over to the comments made by Antulay as we can get in media reports.
“Now how come instead of going to the Taj (Hotel) or the Oberoi (Hotel) he went to such a place where there was nothing?”
– Everyone knows it’s factually a wrong statement. I was following the incident very closely and I hope that Mr Karkare was also doing the same. We heard that Taj and Oberoi are taken over by the terrorists and a couple of them has moved to the Cama Hospital after a carnage at Mumbai V.T. Station. As per the reports at that time, the terrorists were at the Cama Hospital and they already had killed more than 50 people. As per wiki listings, 80-90 people had been killed by these two terrorists. How could Mr Antulay say that there were nothing outside Taj and Oberoi? Isn’t it an insult to the victims at Mumbai VT and the brave jounalists who captured video of terrorists spraying bullet over people. Also, the lone survived terrorist, whose links have been proven to Faridkot in Pakistan, was captured outside of Taj and Oberoi. Did Mr Antulay forget these or he tried delibarately to keep these facts out of his mind?
“Any person going to the roots of terror has always been the target”
Is a generic statement which should not mean that he could not be a target for any other case that the Malegaon one. He handled a lot of cases and a lot of culprits could have targetted him the same way.
“Superficially speaking they (terrorists) had no reason to kill Karkare.”
As I said earlier, the profile of Mr Karkare doesn’t support his claims. Mr Karkare has worked for RAW (in Pakistan also?) and also a member of the team that negotiated with Hijackers in Kandahar. He has a case profile that goes beyond the Malegaon blast probe. The Times of India also notes (link 3 below) in this regard –
Karkare and his team had to face an equally vicious campaign for chargesheeting eight Muslims for the 2006 attack on the Barelvi mosque in Mahrashtra’s powerloom town.
So, it’s only a simplification of matters to suit one’s purpose.
“It may be a separate inquiry how his (Karkare’s) end came”
I would never oppose that. But the belief that is preset, will take time to fade. I would doubt how many of them, who are already seeing a conspiracy in Karkare’s death, would like to believe the outcome of this inquiry if it ascertains that Ismail, accompanied by Ajmal Kasav, killed Mr Karkare. A statement and identification by Kasav and a few watchers (like Constable Arun Jadhav) won’t work, because those can also be fabricated. A lot of people still believes that 9/11 was an inside job because they don’t get access to the proofs those the FBI has presented over the internet. The gap between knowledge-rich and knowledge-poor will increase for the time being. We can’t do much except to wait and watch. For the time being, we should only hope that the blast probe should finish quickly to prove we had only one Hemant Karkare. The entire Police force and the ATS were behind him, and that made him do a good job.