Classmates remember Karkare as straightforward and upright

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Nagpur, Nov 27 (UNI) Classmates of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Mumbai last night, remember him as 'straightforward and upright' person.

Col R B Goverdhan (retired), who is now Executive Director (Human Resources) with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), said he and Karkare had been classmates in school and friends for over 43 years. ''We used to meet frequently, although we were working at different places,'' he said.

''Hemant was straightforward, upright, simple and honest. He also proved himself to be brave and gallant and laid down his life for the country. He has set an example by leading his men into the encounter with the terrorists in Mumbai,'' Col Goverdhan said, adding ''We had dinner together in Mumbai only last Sunday.'' Another classmate, Dr Avinash Banait, a city-based medical practitioner, described late Karkare as 'very intelligent, straightforward and upright.' ''He never lied,'' he said.

''We studied together in school. Our houses were close in Congress Nagar, so we also played together. I remember all the good times we had,'' Dr Banait said. Recalling that Karkare had lunch at his residence recently, Dr Banait said he and his family also attended the wedding of the slain officer's daughter in Mumbai some weeks ago.

Incidentally, the house in Congress Nagar where Karkare spent his childhood is still intact.

Karkare had his schooling at New English High School (Congress Nagar branch) in Nagpur. He acquired a post-graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visweswarayya National Institute of Technology-VNIT).

An officer of the 1982 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), Karkare served as Superintendent of Police (SP) in Chandrapur district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra from 1991 to 1993. He was also an Assistant commissioner of police in Nagpur His father late Kamlakar was an employee in the Indian Railways and his mother Kumud was a teacher in Dinanath High School in Dhantoli area of Nagpur, and is now in Pune. Karkare was the eldest of three brothers and a sister.


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