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Age: 54 Years

Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra

Death Date: 27/11/2008

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Hemant Karkare

  • Hemant Karkare, the martyr of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was the Chief of Mumbai’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS).
  • According to his daughter Jui Karkare Navare, Hemant, as a child, was captivated by reading books so much that he once got locked in a library named Ramkrishna Math Library in Nagpur as no one observed a child reading a book in the big library.
  • In an interview, Jui Karkare Navare revealed that her father, Hemant Karkare, loved being creative throughout his life and enjoyed wood cravings. 
  • Reportedly, Hemant worked at National Productivity Council and Hindustan Lever Limited (now Hindustan Unilever Limited) after completing his graduation in Mechanical Engineering, and later decided to appear for the civil services examination.
  • According to the sources, after joining the Indian Police Services in 1982, Hemant Karkare served in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for nine years  out of which he was assigned the Indian mission in Vienna, Austria, as a counsellor for seven years.
  • Reportedly, Hemant Karkare’s first assignment as assistant superintendent of police was in Bhusawal, a city in Northern Maharashtra, in 1984.
  • In an interview, Former Research and Analysis Wing chief AS Dulat shared a story when the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was trying to find information about the hijackers of the Indian Airlines flight IC 814, flying from Kathmandu, Nepal, and Hemant Karkare, then the commissioner from Mumbai provided the information to the RAW. AS Dulat said,

    The breakthrough came from Mumbai when one of our officers, working continuously without a break for days, found a major link. He found a man who had worked with the hijackers to fund and execute the plot and that suddenly opened up an intelligence treasure trove for us. The man was our intelligence commissioner in Mumbai, Hemant Karkare.”

  • Reportedly, while working with the United Nations on many assignments, Hemant Karkare did a separate six-year-stint at the cabinet secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office.
  • Hemant Karkare is remembered for his excellency in solving various cases including the blast cases in Thane, Vashi, and Panvel.
  • According to Hemant’s daughter Jui Karkare Navare, her father got an urgent call around 09:45 pm, while he was having dinner with his family, about the firing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in south Mumbai. According to the sources, when Karkare reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, he found platform number 01 empty. Reportedly, the targets of the 26/11 attacks included Chabad House, Rang Bhavan Lane near Cama Hospital, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Cafe Leopold, etc.
  • After learning about the situation near the Cama & Albless hospital, Hemant, along with two officers – Additional Commissioner of Mumbai police Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist inspector Vijay Salaskar – and a constable, headed towards the location. Reportedly, Hemant – wearing a bulletproof jacket that could only resist 9 mm bullets and a service pistol –  asked for reinforcements till around forty minutes but didn’t get them. As per the reports, Karkare with Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar was gunned down by one of the terrorists near the Cama & Albless hospital; however, some sources claimed that Karkare and others were shot dead by Ajmal Masab with his AK-47.
    Flowers and wreths at the spot where Hemant Karkare, along with others, was shot

    Flowers and wreaths at the spot where Hemant Karkare, along with others, was shot

  • Reportedly, Hemant’s last words were at 11:28 pm on 26 November 2008, instructing to control the situation near Cama Hospital and requesting to send the army to the place for backup. Hemant’s last words were,

    ATS and QRT teams are here at the rear gate of the hospital, and so is the crime branch team. Therefore, we need a team from the front side. We need to ENCIRCLE the Cama and surround it.”

  • Reportedly, Sadhvi Pragya – one of the key accused of the Malegaon blasts case – delivered a controversial statement on Karkare’s death calling it a result of his bad deeds (karma). While talking about Karkare’s death in an interview, Sadhvi Pragya said,

    Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me [in Malegaon blasts] and treated me very badly. I told him your entire dynasty will be erased. He died of his karma.”

  • In memory of her father, Hemant Karkare, Jui Karkare Navare wrote a memoir titled ‘Hemant Karkare – A Daughter’s Memoir’ (2019). In an interview, she talked about it and said that she was able to put herself together as she was writing down feelings about her father’s loss and sharing some moments she spent with him.
    Jui Navare Karkare holding the 'Hemant Karkare – A Daughter’s Memoir'

    Jui Navare Karkare holding the ‘Hemant Karkare – A Daughter’s Memoir’

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