Vinita Kamte, wife of late additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, who died fighting terrorists on November 26, has said the police misled her about the circumstances leading to her husband’s death.
In an interview to CNN-IBN, Vinita said the three police officers critically injured outside Cama hospital — Kamte, ATS chief Hemant Karkare and encounter special Vijay Salaskar — could have been saved if additional forces and help had reached the spot on time.
“Everyone who came for condolences kept asking why the three had gone together. Politicians kept saying they were unprepared, they went in haste… so I wanted to know what actually transpired before the firing. I met a lot of people… drivers, ATS people, witnesses… and I was shocked to know these people were there together for at least 40 minutes.”
One of the witnesses of the November 26 terror strikes have gone missing, prompting the police to launch a search
Anita Uddaiya, who saw the terrorists arrive at the Fisherman's Colony, has been missing since January 11
“She is suspected to have visited her husband who is undergoing treatment in St George Hospital in South Mumbai and then went missing," officers at the Cuffe Parade police station said. PTI
After 40 minutes, Vinita said, no backup had arrived and the officers then decided to go to the front of the hospital and get Date.
“They got a [wireless] message saying there was a suspicious vehicle [near the gate],” she said. “Kamte asked inspector Vijay Salaskar to slow down. As they did, probably my husband saw movement in the bushes and they fired at each other.”
Vinita stressed that Kamte did not act impulsively but fought bravely.
“On the second day itself, I found that Kasab had been shot by my husband. But I still wanted to crosscheck. So I asked the people who actually saw it happen. Kamte opened the door, took position and opened fire….”
I know, the widow said, that two police vehicles passed… when they had just been shot and the terrorists were still there, she added. “That vehicle went with a siren on… Again two vehicles passed, didn’t even stop to help them. Salaskar was still alive… if help had reached him, he would still be alive. And there was a 40 minute lapse before anyone reached there."