Deshmukh lauds cops’ sacrifice, announces compensation

November 27th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Thursday lauded the “supreme sacrifice” made by 14 police personnel who were killed in shoot-outs with terrorists here. He announced a compensation of Rs.500,000 for the next of their kin.”They were great officers who have have become martyrs and sacrificed their lives for the country. The people of Maharashtra will never forget their supreme sacrifice,” Deshmukh said.

He announced a compensation of Rs.500,000 for the families of each of the police personnel killed and Rs.50,000 for those injured in the terror shoot-outs.

The state government said Thursday morning that as many as 14 police personnel were killed and 25 injured in a series of shoot-outs with terrorists in upmarket Colaba and Nariman Point areas in south Mumbai.

Among the top officers of the Mumbai Police who fell to the terrorists’ bullets include Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and Anti-Robbery Squad (ARS) chief and former encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.

The three were highly decorated officers.

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sadanand Date, who has been seriously injured, was undergoing treatment at the St. George Hospital.

A few police personnel of the Railway Police were also killed in shoot-outs with terrorists at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT) Wednesday night.

A 1982 batch IPS officer, 54-year-old Karkare died instantly as three bullets hit him in the chest as he was challenging the terrorists holed up at the Taj Intercontinental Hotel in Colaba late Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday night, Karkare led the team against the terrorists at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

He was given the charge of the ATS in January this year when he returned to India after a seven-year stint with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in Austria.

An encounter specialist himself, he had solved the blasts incidents in Thane, Vashi and Panvel, near Mumbai, early this year.

It was under his leadership that the ATS nearly solved the Malegaon blasts that killed several people in Sep 29 this year.

Other police personnel killed include Ashok Shinde, Nanasaheb Bhonsle, Jayant Patil, Ramchandra Pawar and M.C. Chaudhry.

The terrorist attack on Mumbai, which began Wednesday, left at least 101 dead and 250 others injured.

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