29 Nov : Thousands of people poured into streets to bid a tearful adieu to the brave hearts ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who sacrificed their lives while taking on the militants in one of the bloodiest terror attacks in the country.Slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ rent the air as the last journey of Karkare, who was among the 15 Mumbai police personnel killed in the 60-hour siege that began Wednesday night, started from his house in Shivaji Park Central Mumbai on Saturday morning.
Police personnel slow marched leading a huge procession with Karkare’s picture on a flower-decked vehicle carrying his mortal remains that crawled through the Mumbai streets to reach Dadar crematorium where last rites were performed with state honours. His only son accompanied the body.Throughout the route, people crowded the pavements and roofs and perched on trees to get his last glimpse.
When bullet spraying terrorists attacked 10 locations in Mumbai on the night of 26th November, Karkare donned his helmet and bullet-proof jacket to take them on but fell to close range firing from AK 47 by the ultras.
Body of another NSG commando Havaldar Gajendra Singh who was killed during the operations at the Jewish centre, Nariman House was brought to NSG headquarters in Delhi on the way to Dehra Dun where last rites will be performed.
In the absence of NSG Chief who is still in Mumbai overseeing the operations, floral wreaths were place on his behalf as well as Home Minister, Lt General of 10 Para battalion of Indian Army-his parent force.
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev and M S Bitta also came to offer their tributes to the martyred soldier. The body was later flown to his native village Ganeshpur in Dehradun.
SILENCE OBSERVED FOR DEPARTED SOULS
Chandigarh, 29th Nov’08; Chitkara School of Mass Communication organized a condolence meeting for innocent lives lost in Mumbai terror attacks.
Suparna.S.Puri, Dean Academics, Chitkara School of Mass Communication has condemned this global face of terrorism. While addressing to students, she said,” It is disheartening to consider ourself democratic as we have been unsuccessful in getting the kind of government that can provide security to its citizens.”
All the students along with the faculty members including teaching and non-teaching staff of Chitkara School of Mass Communication took pledge of practicing peace and non-violence and two minutes silence was observed as mark of honour for the departed souls.