Stop blame game post-Mumbai attacks, urges Kavita Karkare

January 6th, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Kavita Karkare, the wife of the slain Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, has called for halting the blame game in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks. Blaming the police or politicians for the flaws in the system is not the solution, she said. She also said that she has paid a high price for her husband’s sacrifice but feels proud of him.

“Initially, even I was angry, but now I think I am overcoming that anger. Because, every time anger and violence will not help solve this problem (of terrorism),” Karkare told NDTV in an interview.

“Everyone should come together and do something constructively. If we blame just the police department, it will not be justifiable,” she maintained.

Hemant Karkare was killed Nov 26 night soon after 10 armed terrorists stormed into the city and held two luxury hotels and a Jewish house hostage for over 60 hours.

Minorities Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay last month created a storm by suggesting that the circumstances of Karkare’s death needed to be probed. He later withdrew his remarks.

Kavita Karkare also refuted reports that her husband was under pressure in the probe into the bomb blasts in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town in which radical Hindu groups are said to be involved.

“As wife, I do not think he was in tension, he was very comfortable because his ATS team was very supportive and their investigation was complete,” she said.

“He had enough evidence and proof enough, and he knew he was doing the right thing,” Kavita Karkare maintained.

Nine people, including Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur and suspended army officer Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit have been arrested for their alleged role in the Sept 29, 2008, Malegaon blast that killed six people.

Asked how she was coping with her husband’s death, Karkare replied: “I feel proud at my husband’s sacrifice, but also have paid a high price for it.”

“It is really painful, I am plus 50 and at this stage, I really need my husband but I have lost my support,” she added.

Karkare also said she would like to establish an NGO in her husband’s memory to promote secularism.

“I would like to open an NGO for secularism, that’s what I think and I will do something about it,” Karkare maintained.

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