The Mumbai police’s crime branch chief Rakesh Maria has reportedly written to Home Minister R.R. Patil offering to resign if the state government does not clarify, or allow him to clarify, allegations made against him in Vinita Kamte’s book To The Last Bullet.
Vinita, wife of Ashok Kamte — additional commissioner of police who was killed by Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismail in the Rang Bhavan lane — has alleged that the police control room manned by Maria did not react to repeated calls for help during and after the shootout. Kamte, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and senior inspector Vijay Salaskar were killed in the attack.
She has also accused Maria of “feigning ignorance” about Kamte’s location.
Her claims are based on call log details of the control room obtained using the Right to Information Act.
Sources close to Maria said he dashed off a letter to Patil on Thursday saying the government should clarify the issues raised in the book or allow him to speak for himself.
In case nothing is done, he has offered to quit.
“He seemed very upset about the developments,” an officer close to Maria said, preferring anonymity. The officer said Maria had been told by the government not to comment on the matter. This is why he had been silent for the last two days.
Maria was unavailable for comment.