Indian Express misguidingly "Recalling Karkare"

Indian Express chose not to publish the following rejoinder written by SM Mushrif, author of Who Killed Karkare? in response to its misleading article "Recalling Karkare" by YP Rajesh.

16 December, 2010

The Editor-in-Chief,
Indian Express
Subject: Rejoinder to the article “Recalling Karkare” by Y P Rajesh.

This has a reference to the article “Recalling Karkare” by Y P Rajesh published on the editorial page of your esteemed daily on 15 December, 2010. In this article, the writer has chosen to call the book “Who Killed Karkare?”, authored by me, a wildly speculative one. Either he has not read the book at all or he is deliberately misguiding the public with some ulterior motive. In order to dispel the doubts created by this article, I would like to enlighten your readers on certain facts.

The most important point in chapter VI, dealing with the killing of then Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Mr. Hemant Karkare, in the book is that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) did not pass on to the Mumbai Police and to the Western Naval Command the absolutely specific information about the setting sail of the LeT’s boat with terrorists on board to attack Mumbai and that it purportedly forgot to keep under surveillance 35 mobile phones the numbers of which had been furnished to it by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and three of which were later found to have been actually used by the terrorists. This information was apparently misused to engineer a well synchronized parallel attack to eliminate Hemant Karkare.

This startling averment in the book is mainly based, among other things, on the news items published in the issues of the Indian Express, Mumbai, dated 15 December 2008 and 28 December, 2008, quoting the report of the internal probe into the possible intelligence lapse. (page nos. 186 to 189 and 327 to 332 of the third edition of the book). Were those reports in The Indian Express wildly speculative?

Secondly, to bring home the strong motive for killing of Karkare, I have quoted some relevant material from the transcription of the recording of the deliberation of one of the meetings of “Abhinav Bharat”, which has been filed in the court along with the charge sheet of the Malegaon bomb blast case 2008. (page nos. 266 to 268 of the third edition of the book). In that meeting it was decided to knock down the Constitution of India, to overthrow the present Government and to establish “An Aryavart Hindu Rashtra” with its separate constitution and separate flag. A review was also taken of the progress of the ongoing discussion with the foreign powers like Nepal and Israel in this regard. In the meeting a conscious decision was taken to kill whoever comes in the way of “Aryavart Hindu Rashtra”.

Can the authenticity of the transcription of the deliberations of the meeting which had been recorded by the members of the “Abhinav Bharat” themselves and saved in their own laptops be doubted and called speculative?

Moreover that the intention of Mr. Y P Rajesh was not honest enough becomes evident when he says “Singh may probably be not aware but, besides Antulay & Mushrif and now Burney, there are scores in Pakistan who subscribe to this conspiracy theory, one that the perpetrators of 26/11 themselves tried to push in the days after the attack”.

In my book I have made out a perfect case against the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Pakistan so far as the Taj-Oberoi-Nariman House part of the attack is concerned. But the Government & the police, apparently at the instance of the IB, which is the main culprit in the whole episode, attempted to save the native terrorists of the right wing radical group involved in the carnage in the CST-Cama Hospital-Rangbhavan Lane section, culminating in the killing of Hemant Karkare and thus in the process has considerably weakened the case against Pakistan. Mr. Y P Rajesh has unnecessarily tried to synthesize two distinct parts of the attack. It is not very difficult to speculate whose brief he has taken.

S.M. Mushrif
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