Exactly three months after the 26/11 terror attacks on the city, martyr cop Vijay Salaskar’s widow made a strong, heartfelt appeal to politicians to get their act together so that there were no more 26/11 repeats in the country.
Smita Salaskar, the widow of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar spoke at a function organized by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation in Vashi to honour the families of 18 policemen and armymen killed in the terror attacks. They were given cheques of Rs 5 lakh each by Thane’s Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Salaskar’s wife stated that blasts and terror attacks have been happening consistently since 1993, but the police were still using outdated weapons to ensure their city’s and nation’s security, creating unfortunate “veer matas and veer patnis’’. Vineeta Kamte, widow of slain additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, was unable to make it to the venue. So Navi Mumbai police commissioner Ramrao Wagh accepted the cheque on her behalf. Many were seen crying silently as they remembered the martyrs at the function. The others who came to Vashi to accept the honour were Kavita Karkare, widow of Hemant Karkare, Mansi Shinde, Madhavi More, Vandana Ombale, widow of Tukaram Omble, who died in the Marine Drive encounter, Bhikaji Jadhav and others. Families of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, NSG commando Gajendra Singh, and of Kamte will be given the cheques at a later date