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Steel In The Driftwood

An ex-engineer, ATS chief Hemant Karkare was to the end a man focused on the details

Steel In The Driftwood
Steel In The Driftwood
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Karkare would have been embarrassed reading about himself, especially when 13 other cops have also died battling the terrorists. He was that kind of officer. An ips man, he was calm under extreme pressure, correct to a fault, reticent though amiable, and above all, completely focused on the assignment at hand. The Malegaon investigation brought him into the spotlight, some of it harsh and political, but he remained resolute, exhorting his teams to be methodical in collecting and collating evidence. If this was a Congress conspiracy, Karkare did not know about it.

I had asked him whether he lost sleep over being targeted. He smiled his usual laconic smile and said: "When allegations are made, we do feel hurt." He was, typically, speaking for his team. Seasoned investigators will tell you that evidence is often planted to build a case. Karkare had warned his investigators against "creating false evidence". He wanted the case to stand up in court.

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