Mumbai: Union Minister of Minority Affairs AR Antulay maybe suspicious about the circumstances leading to the killing of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare but the Maharashtra government has no doubt that the officer was killed by terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November.
Both the Maharashtra government and Mumbai Police have no doubt that the Karkare was killed in the line of duty at Cama Hospital where the terrorists fired at the police jeep without knowing who was inside.
Karkare along with some other police officials including Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and Inspector Vijay Salaskar were going to Cama Hospital on November 26 after getting information of terrorists hiding there.
Investigators have now put together the exact sequence of how Karkare along with Kamte and Salaskar was killed.
After indiscriminate firing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) that resulted in the death of over 70 people, Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and his associate went towards Cama Hospital.
A CCTV camera captured them walking in front of The Times of India building.
The terrorists didn't know where they were but went straight and ended up entering Cama Hospital.
Investigators say the terrorists landed up at Cama Hospital by mistake where they entered the building and killed a guard and asked another one how to get inside. Kasab and his associate then went to the top floor of the hospital and came down.
After spending about 20 minutes in the hospital premises and not knowing where they were, the terrorists came to the other side of the hospital and hid behind some trees.
At the same time Karkare, Kamte and Salaskar were coming in one police vehicle on the road at a very low speed.
The police officials had information that terrorist were hiding in the area so they were looking across the road when from behind the trees Kasab and his associate fired at the police van.
Investigators say the firing took place from a distance of about 25 meters and it was dark, so the terrorists had no way of knowing who was in the vehicle.
They just fired because it was a police vehicle and ended up killing the three senior police officers.
Maharashtra Home Ministry officials also confirmed that there was no doubt that Karkare was killed in the firing by Pakistani terrorists.