With the Mumbai siege coming to an end this morning, the whole nation is paying its last respects to the brave officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed while leading an attack on terrorists in Mumbai on Wednesday, was brought to his home in Shivaji Park in central Mumbai ahead of the funeral. Fifty eight year old Karkare, a 1982 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was in the spotlight for leading an investigation into the September 29 Malegaon blasts. Ten people, including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, were arrested as a result of the probe.
Karkare had taken over the ATS in January after a seven-year stint with intelligence Research Analysis Wing (RAW).
Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh his Deputy R. R. Patil, several Maharashtrian politician, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Ghafoor and several senior officers were present to pay homage and last floral wreathes on body. Several local thronged at the funeral site to have a last glimpse of their hero.
In Bangalore, NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who lost his life during the operation Black Tornado, was given a tearfull farewell with full military honors today. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, 31, was with the 51 Special Action Group of the force and was with the NSG on deputation. He was with the Black Cat commando force for the last two years.
An officer of the Bihar Regiment, he was commissioned in the Indian Army in June 1999. The officer had joined the NSG on deputation in January 2007 after having served two tenures with his battalion in counter insurgency and counter terrorism roles. The officer hails from Bangalore.
Earlier, Major Unnikrishnan's body was brought to his house at the ISRO layout on the outskirts of Bangalore.
The body of NSG commando Gajendra Singh, who died fighting terrorists in Mumbai''s Nariman House, was brought to Delhi.
All ranks and file of the elite force gathered at NSG headquarters in Palam to pay their tributes to the slain commando.
The body of Singh, who was a member of NSG's 51 Special Action Group, will be taken to his home town Dehradun for last rituals, later today.