Tribute to Brave Men

Every Indian’s heart goes out to the families who lost their close ones in the terror attacks in Mumbai. It is an hour of gloom as over a hundred innocent Indians have died and the nation is battling the most ugly form of terrorism.

This catastrophe of extraordinary dimensions has left everybody shocked. But for most of us who watched the war-like-situation on TV sets in our homes, the harsh reality is that so many of the brave police officers and army men (NSG) lost their lives.

We salute all these men including top officers like Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar Major.Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Ashok Kamte and Sadanand Date & the junior personnel like Inspector Shinde, and Havildar Gajender Singh who sacrificed their lives to rescue the innocents trapped in the Mumbai hotels.

ATS Chief and Police Officer Shri.Hemant Karkare

No one is indispensable, but some rare people come quite close to it. Hemant Karkare, the chief of Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), who laid down his life fighting one of the worst terror attacks on the Indian soil, definitely falls in that category.

Born in Nagpur, Karkare studied mechanical engineering in Nagpur and worked at the National Productivity Council and Hindustan Lever before making it to the prestigious IPS in 1982.

While posted in Nagpur he fought the Naxalite forces and earned a reputation of being an officer who is courageous as well as having a sound head on his shoulder. In several missions undertook by him, he used not only his brawn, but his superlative brain to achieve success.

Police Officer and Enounter Specialist Shri.Vijay Salaskar

Vijay Salaskar was an IPS officer with the Mumbai police. He was considered as an encounter specialist. He is believed to have killed around 75 criminals in encounters. He was killed while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Before his death he was heading the Anti-Extortion Cell, Mumbai. Salaskar was a post-graduate in Commerce from Mumbai University. He joined Mumbai police as a sub inspector. He is believed to have killed around 75 criminals in police encounters.

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, NSG Commando

Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a 31-year-old National Security Guard (NSG) commando, laid down his life fighting the terrorists in Mumbai on Friday. To prevent his colleagues from getting caught in the crossfire, Sandeep told them to keep away. unfortunately, he was grievously injured in the gun battle with the terrorists.

The braveheart hailed from Bangalore where his father works for the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Havildar Gajendar Singh

The other braveheart, Havildar Gajender Singh, was a specialist in heli-borne operations.

“Gajender Singh was chosen for the Nariman House operation as he qualified for the job extremely well. He was leading the slithering act and its follow up action,” the NSG official said while paying homage to the slain commandos at the NSG headquarters in the national capital.

Other martyrs

Two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers – additional police commissioners Ashok Kamte and Sadanand Date – were killed in separate gun battles with terrorists.