Karkare was probing the Malegaon blast and was shot dead during the Mumbai terror attacks on Nov 26. Antulay told CNN-IBN channel that he was not sure whether Karkare was a victim of terrorism 'or something else'.
"Karkare was a very bold officer. I know his acumen was great. He had vision and was prepare to lay down life for country at any time. Now how come instead of going to the Taj (Hotel) or the Oberoi (Hotel) he went to such a place where there was nothing?" said Antulay.
"He was also making an independent investigation. (in which) he found that there were non-Muslims who were terrorists. Whether he was just a victim of terror or something (else), I don"t know. I knew him personally; I salute him."
Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and Inspector Vijay Salaskar were shot dead by the terrorists who had hijacked a police vehicle and were speeding away toward the Cama Hospital.