A book by Vinita Kamte, wife of additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, who was killed in the 26/11 strike, alleges the police force ignored crucial information during the terrorist attacks.
To The Last Bullet says police control room did not react to repeated calls for help during and after the shootout in the Rang Bhawan lane.
The control room was manned by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria and was the command centre of the Mumbai Police.
Vinita claims to have exposed Maria’s ‘feigned ignorance’ about the events unfolding in Rang Bhawan lane. Kamte, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and senior inspector Vijay Salaskar were killed there.
“Whatever I had to say, I’ve told before the (Ram) Pradhan Committee and government.”
Vinita’s claims are based on call log details of the control room obtained using the Right To Information Act. These details were never made public or placed before the judiciary.
She alleges Commissioner Hasan Gafoor told Kamte to rush to Trident Hotel.
Later, the control room directed him to Cama Hospital. Maria’s response to her on this was ‘I don’t know’. Gafoor was unavailable for comment.
Vinita also writes about how Karkare’s repeated pleas for reinforcement to block the passage of the terrorists fleeing Cama Hospital went unheeded for over an hour.
This, Vinita says, gave terrorists Ajmal Amir Kasab and Abu Ismail free access to the lane.
The control room also failed to move the bleeding officers to hospital in time despite several calls from local residents to the control room, the book claims.