Kamte's Widow Fires Salvo at Mumbai Police

Kamte's Widow Fires Salvo at Mumbai Police
She lost her police officer- husband who fell to the bullets of terrorists in the November 26 Mumbai terror attacks. And now Vinita Kamte, who faced the tragedy with fortitude, is angry for a different reason.

Vinita, widow of Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, who died in the action in front of the Cama Hospital, told PTI in an interview on Wednesday that her independent inquiries revealed that the lone surviving terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was incapacitated by the shots fired by her husband.

Stating that this act of bravery, which was not a shoddy response to the dangerous situation, should have been publicly highlighted by Mumbai police, Vinita said the acknowledgement of this came belatedly by Rakesh Maria, heading the probe into the attacks, when she confronted him with her version of the events on November 26 night.

"I wanted Mumbai police to present the sequence of events that claimed the lives of three top officers, including my husband Ashok Kamte, the two other being Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar," she said.

"This was necessary because speculation was being made to the effect that the three went to the trouble spot at Cama Hospital without any planning and preparation."

Vinita, who is a lawyer by profession, stays in the city with her two children.

An anguished Vinita said she had called on Maria asking him why the police were mum over giving the details of the Cama hospital encounter.

Maria said he will provide the details after the winter session of the state assembly.

"Finally he has acknowledged that it was my husband who fired the shots at Kasab but this should have come much earlier. It is not me but it is the nation that wants to know the facts of that fateful night," she said.

Vinita said she spoke to a number of witnesses from the hospital and the injured bodyguard who was with the three officers.

"I was told that when the terrorists fired shots at their vehicle from a bushy cover in the vicinity of the hospital, Ashok who had asked the driver to slow down, got out and took position to retaliate fire with his AK-47 rifle that injured Kasab," she said.

She said it was a remarkable reflex on part of her husband who always carried AK-47, to have retaliated effectively in an ambush situation.

Vinita, who also spoke to a television channel, said she was loathe to go the press to air her grievance.

"But the men who died with their boots on for the country should get their due. I am deeply hurt by the attitude of police who should not have held back the facts of the encounter which led to the biggest catch in the form of Kasab," she said.

She also expressed surprise over the delay in sending reinforcement at the Cama hospital where the policemen were confronted by highly trained and motivated terrorists.

"The three men were together for about fourty minutes and in constant touch with the police control room. My husband suffered fatal injuries and he could not have been saved," wife of the slain warrior said.

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