Who Killed Karkare? in Marathi


Pune: Author S.M. Mushrif will release the Marathi edition of his celebrated book Who Killed Karkare? - The Real face of Terrorism in India here on June 26.

“We have already released the book in five languages - English, Urdu, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil. There was a heavy demand by Marathi readers and hence the release,” said Mushrif.

The book focuses on unearthing the conspiracy behind the murder of Hemant Karkare, a Maharashtrian and former Mumbai ATS chief slain during the 26/11 terror attacks.

“The book also takes a look at some of the major incidents attributed to ‘Islamic terrorism’ in India and finds them to be baseless,” said Mushrif, a former inspector general of Maharashtra police.

Talking about what led him to write the book, Mushrif said there were several thoughts in his mind about the spate of bomb blasts in the country after 2005. “This topic interested me. I have been collecting material on the various communal riots that have rocked our country. Strangely, the frequency of blasts seemed to have increased after 2005. This was the time the Intelligence Bureau started coming into the limelight,” he said. “A doubt crept into my mind. I realised while IB is supposed to be secretive, it had intentionally come into the picture so that it could misguide the nation and take every investigation on the wrong track,” he claimed.

“This is when I thought that I should pen my thoughts,” said Mushrif. Talking about the death of Karkare, Mushrif said that the lack of intelligence led to the Mumbai attacks. “Some right-wing groups took advantage of the situation and killed Karkare,” he said adding that “The right-wing groups who were not happy with the probe in Malegaon blast case, made good use of this lack of intelligence. They were aware that in the midst of such a big attack, Karkare would surely come on to the road to battle the terrorists. They synchronised with the attack and killed him,” he added.

Incidentally, Karkare as the former ATS chief, had investigated and cracked the September 2008 Malegaon blast case which led to the arrests of several right-wing Hindutva activists from different parts of India.

Mushrif is a former inspector general of police, Maharashtra, who shot to fame for exposing the Adbul Karim Telgi fake stamp paper scam. He took voluntary retirement in October 2005 to devote himself to social service. The 344-page Marathi edition has been brought out by Shabd Publication of Mumbai who may be contacted on telephone at 022-28332640, 09820147284 or through email at The Marathi edition is priced at Rs 330.

The Hindi and Gujarati editions of the book are expected within the next few weeks said the publisher, Pharos Media adding that a new Urdu edition too will be published during July this year with some additions contained in the third English edition of the book.

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