These messages were shared within the 1982 Civil Services Yahoo Group in November-December 2008.
"I am deeply shocked and sadden at this ghastly and coward attacks and the supreme sacrifice made by our batchmate Hemant, salute his bravery and extend my condolences to the family members." - Ravi Bangar
"It is most tragic that our batchmate and ATS chief of Mumbai Police Hemant Karkare, alongwith Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte, another Additional Commissioner Sadanand Date, noted encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, ATS sub-inspector Sudhir Dalvi and many other police officers, have sacrificed their lives during a series of encounters in Mumbai.It must be among the most tragic and gruesome incidents in Independent India's history. The brave IPS officer of Maharastra cadre Hemant Karkare is no more with us. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU HEMANT!YOU WILL LIVE IN EVERY INDAIN'S HEART FOR EVER. WE ALL TOGETHER STAND RESOULUTELY BEHIND HIS FAMILY IN THIS HOUR OF TRAGEDY." - G.D.Sharma
"The incidents over the last nearly three days in Mumbai have been very distressing. As Ravi points out, the most significant casualty was Hemant Karkare, our IPS batchmate. It is through people like him that India lives on as a proud nation. The nation must honour him, deservedly. Our support will always lie with his family - that goes absolutely without saying." - Sanjeev Sabhlok
"We SALUTE Hemant Karkare for his supreme sacrifice. May his soul rest in peace!" - Hem Pande
"Hemant Karkare has done all of us proud and commitment of 1982 batch, we are proud of him who stood to his commitment to duty. Time is for all of us to stand by his sacrifice and target to make India the best." Aruna (Limaye) Sharma
"Words are inadequate at a time like this. We can only hope that God grants the family courage to bear this monumental tragedy." Achla Bhatnagar
"I join our batch-mates in offering heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members of our beloved batch- mate, Hemant Karkare, who laid down his life for our countrymen." M.Rajamani
Note: for more details on the 1982 batch of the Civil Services click here.