24, Apr 2019 | Express News Service
Members of the civil society and political parties also gathered at the memorial with placards with messages such as ‘Lest we forget’.
IN THE light of BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur’s “distasteful remarks” against slain cop Hemant Karkare, who was the chief of the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, residents gathered to pay their respects to the “city’s hero” who was killed in the Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bombings.
Some, who gathered outside Police Gymkhana at Marine Drive, gave work a miss to protest the remarks. Members of the civil society and political parties also gathered at the memorial with placards with messages such as ‘Lest we forget’, a phrase used widely during protests against the 26/11 terror attacks in which 166 people were killed. Karkare was killed near Cama Hospital on November 26, 2008.
Dr Archana Amoulik from Chembur said, “Instead of going to my clinic, I came here after I received a WhatsApp message about the protest. Hemant Karkare gave his life for the city’s safety.”
Sanjeev Batra, a consultant based out of Worli, heard of the gathering through friends. “Karkare is our hero. He received the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award. On the one hand you honour him and on the other, you have this person, contesting the elections, who is badmouthing him. I wanted to express solidarity and took the evening off to be here,” he said.
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