Valiant 26/11 martyr's wife Kavita Karkare passes away: All you need to know

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26/11 martyr's wife Kavita Karkare
Kavita Karkare, widow of former Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare who died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, on Monday died following a brain haemorrhage.

What happened to Kavita Karkare?

  • She was admitted to a hospital after she suffered a brain haemorrhage and slipped into a coma.
  • On Monday, she was under medical observation at Hinduja Hospital in Mahim.
  • Her daughters and son have consented to donate her organs for the treatment of needy patients.

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Who was Hemant Karkare?

  • Hemant Karkare was the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
  • He was killed in action during the 2008 Mumbai attacks after being shot three times in the chest.
  • Karkare was killed along with ACP Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar in the lane adjoining the St Xavier's College in south Mumbai. 
  • His bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra on 26 January 2009.

Kavita refused Narendra Modi's financial offer

  • In 2008, Kavita refused to receive amount from Rs 1 crore reward announced by then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
  • Kavita once slammed Congress leader Digvijay Singh for comments that Hindu outfits could have killed her husband.
  • She said that parties should stop playing politics around the sacrifice of martyrs.

The 2008 Mumbai attacks

  • In November 2008, 10 terrorists took a boat into Mumbai and carried out coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across the city.
  • Nearly 166 people were killed and 300 were injured.
  • Shooting began at Chhatrapati Shivaji rail station, one of the world's busiest, at 9.20 pm.
  • Within the hour, other attacks occur at four other locations: Nariman House, Leopold's restaurant, Oberoi hotel and The Taj Mahal Palace.
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