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The man who caught Ajmal Kasab alive

Last updated on: November 21, 2012 16:21 IST

The man who caught Ajmal Kasab alive

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A Ganesh Nadar in Mumbai

Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar spoke to Inspector Sanjay Govilkar, who intercepted Ajmal Kasab and his accomplice Ismail Khan when the duo approached them at Chowpatty in their stolen car on November 26, 2008.

In the gunfight that ensued, Inspector Sanjay Govilkar shot Khan and injured Kasab. He witnessed Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble struggling and holding onto Kasab's rifle, and subsequently losing his life.

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Image: Inspector Sanjay Govilkar
Photographs: A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com

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Govilkar didn't realise he had been shot

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No sooner had he and his colleagues started beating up Kasab with their lathis, Govilkar realised that Kasab would be more valuable alive.

He pleaded with his fellow policemen to stop beating up the terrorist and they took Kasab to the Nair Hospital.

It was only then that the attending doctor realised that Govilkar was bleeding heavily from his back.

The doctors later discovered that the wound was caused by a bullet.

In his anxiety to capture the terrorist, Govilkar had not realised that he had been shot!

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Image: Ajmal Kasab after his capture


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'My colleagues used to curse me for saving him'

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This is what Inspector Govilkar, who is now posted to the Mumbai police's Crime Branch told Rediff.com:

I am very happy today. We have proven to the world that we are a legitimate democracy. Even terrorists get the same protection under the law just as every Indian citizen does.

My colleagues used to curse me for saving Kasab. They would say, 'Why did you stop us, we could have beaten him to death -- he deserves it. Do you know the number of people he killed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus?'

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Image: The scene at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after the carnage on November 26, 2008
Photographs: Reuters

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'Today is the real Diwali. Today is the day to celebrate'

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A week after the attacks, my superiors congratulated me on keeping Kasab alive.

The conspiracy was unraveling and we realised he was the only reason that stopped Pakistan from denying everything like they usually do.

Keeping him alive for four years has kept the pressure on Pakistan. He was allowed every avenue provided by the law to defend himself. This shows what a great country we are.

Diwali might have been on November 13 this year, but for me, today is the real Diwali. Today is the day to celebrate.

I am proud that I was part of the team that caught him alive.

I am proud that I am part of a force that solved the case.

I am proud of my country that treated him by the law and not vengefully.

I am proud to be an Indian.


Image: The Taj Mahal hotel, during the 26/11 attacks
Photographs: Reuters
Tags: Pakistan , Kasab

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