Umesh Kadam, the 34-year-old constable attached to the elite combat force at DN Nagar division, recounts the 23 minutes of action before Harish Marolia was killed by the police.
Nearly six feet tall, the well-built policeman spoke to Hindustan Times three days after he pounced on the 57-year-old Marolia, a former Customs officer who was killed along with the 14-year-old girl he took hostage.
For Kadam — who joined the elite combat force that was created after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack — this was his hostage situation. Kadam and his team were lauded for their bravery at the Police Crime Conference on Saturday.
During Marolia’s stand-off with the police, Kadam had lunged at Marolia soon after he and police sub-inspector Vaibhav Patil broke open the door.
Kadam managed to pin down Marolia, but he still fired two rounds, which injured Patil and constable Naresh Phadke.
Kadam says his six-member team reached Saujanya Apartments within five minutes of getting a call from the police control room.
He says Assistant Commissioner of Police (D N Nagar division) Dilip Suryavanshi, who was leading the team, tried to talk to Marolia for nearly 15 minutes. Marolia was in no mood to talk.
“Suryavanshi was speaking in English and asking him not to act in a violent manner. Our ACP kept asking Marolia not to harm the girl and to free her,” said Kadam.