An endless wait is what fell upon the Mhatre family on 3rd
Feb 1984, causing total eclipse, when this unsung hero laid his life to rest serving on a deputation overseas. But it was not a regular or accidental death, it was a brutal murder. A bright, young, family man serving his country overseas was tortured to death
for no fault of his.
August 15, 1982, when he was transferred to Birmingham, the family was thrilled because it represented the first safe post after years in trouble-spots.He was in Dhaka in undivided Pakistan at the time of the Indo-Pakistan war in the mid-’60s and was,
like other Indians, placed under house arrest. He was in Iran during the thick of the riots when the Shah was removed and Ayatullah Khomeini took over.
As a result, he was often separated from his family, in Birmingham, however, the family was finally together. Tragically his daughter Asha’s birthday fell a day after her father was kidnapped.
When Mhatre stepped out of a bus, clutching a birthday cake for his daughter Asha, he was bundled into a car and held captive for three days in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham.
It is an area inhibited with an overwhelming Kashmir-British population. His body was found two days after he was kidnapped in a Birmingham suburb. The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Army claimed responsibility and within hours of the kidnapping,
the abductors issued their list of demands, which included one million pounds in cash and the release of Maqbool Butt, the JKLF’s co-founder, who was lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail after being sentenced to death for killing personnel of Indian security
forces. Sources reveal that ‘Pakistan blocked UK bid to catch suspects in the Indian diplomat’s murder’
It is a pity
that not many of us have correct awareness and we tend to get swayed by the sentiment generated in favour of rebels like Maqbool Bhat, who when were young and impressionable got carried away in
the tide of violence. They did not realise then that Pakistan had no love loss for Kashmir or its people; its objective was to only use the state/Kashmiris as a tool to disintegrate India. Infact later Maqbool had publicly stated that the military
rulers of Pakistan had never supported the peoples’ armed struggle in Kashmir and he and his comrades were forced to flee from Pakistan as he became the target of brutal torture and humiliation at the hands of Pakistan
After the spilling of innocent Kashmiri blood in streets of Kashmir valley in the past 6 months it is very clear what are the designs of Pakistan. Pakistan was neither
interested not in the past. Pakistan has only one interest in Kashmir and the is to secure its water supply. Indians have not been able to connect up for the past 70 years as to why Pakistan is fighting so hard for Kashmir. Also Pakistanis are also unable
to find about the true nature of their military. From the beginning Pakistani Army wanted a kingdom of its own.