Is Kasab more important than a martyr?
By: Abhishek Anand
This is what 26/11 hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's uncle asks before setting himself on fire in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan
"This is so frustrating and unfortunate. A son of India scarifies his life and the cunning politicians can't even hang Kasab," wrote 55-year-old K. Mohanan in his suicide note.
Rage within: Major Unnikrishan's uncle being taken to a hospital after he
attempted suicide near Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/Mid Day
Mohanan, who is uncle of late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the NSG commando who was killed during 26/11 attack in Mumbai, set himself ablaze in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan's gate number 4 on Thursday evening.
The 14 page-suicide note, whose contents MiD DAY managed to access, (some of the pages are written in Malayalam) tell a tale of a senior citizen who is demoralised and dejected by the inefficiency plaguing the current political system.
A part of the note read: "Indian politicians have always ruined the lives of common men. Today, every Indian except the sick politicians, is proud of my son Sandeep. The era has changed, the mentality of Indians has changed but what has not changed is the mentality of the sick politicians.
They are just gobbling up the hard earned money of the citizens of India. All of them are the same. I hope someday sons of these politicians too become martyrs, because only then they will realise what pain I am suffering. The administrators and representatives of the political parties couldn't do anything for the victims of 26/11 terror attack. Was it actually a war between two nations?
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Anyone can come and do anything in India. Indian democracy is a curse for India and its enemies are taking full advantage of it.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan The slain hero
Why is the government delaying the introduction of a bill in Parliament against terrorism? Democracy should be for the well being of the nation, and it should not make way for terrorism. Sandu mon,(Sandeep Unnikrishnan) you are being forgotten with each passing day. But I can't. My son's last lines were "Do not come up, I will handle them". But no one is going to handle this situation."
Till the last reports came in, Mohanan was on ventilator in the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. "He has suffered more than 90 percent burns and most of his vital organs are burnt. We are trying our best but his condition is serious," said a doctor at the hospital.
Mohanan, a resident of Calicut in Kerala had left his home telling his family members (he has wife and two children) that he was going to Ernakulam. But he arrived in Delhi on January 30.
In his suicide note, Mohanan has given his address as KannameaghHouse, Madura Bazar, Cheru Vannur, Kerala 67363 and phone number (09995836216) in the suicide note. Meanwhile, police has registered an FIR against Mohanan for attempt to suicide.
|Man of action|
Sandeep Unnikrishnan was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the Special Action Group of the National Security Guards (NSG). Major Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 SAG deployed in the operation at the Taj Mahal Hotel to rid the building of terrorists and rescue the hostages. He was killed in action while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
His bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peace time gallantry award, on 26 January 2009.
Hailing from a Malayali family in Bangalore, he was the only son of retired ISRO officer K. Unnikrishnan and Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan. Sandeep completed his schooling from Bangalore and joined joined the National Defence Academy (NDA) in 1995 as a cadet.
He was commissioned as Lieutenant to the 7th Battalion of the Bihar Regiment(Infantry) on 12 July 1999. After serving the Indian Army in different locations in Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan to counter insurgencies for two terms, he was selected to join the National Security Guard. On completion of training, he was assigned to the Special Action Group (SAG) of NSG on January 2007 and participated in various operations of the NSG.
|Real life heroes|
Hemant Karkare who was the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad laid his life fighting against the terrorists in 26/11 attacks. Additional commissioner of police (Maharashtra) Ashok Kamte, Inspector of Anti-Extortion Cell of Crime Branch (Maharashtra) Vijay Salaskar, Assistant sub-inspector of police (Maharashtra) Tukaram Omble and Havaldar Gajendra Singh died during Mumbai' worst ever terror attack.