“I wrote this book not only as a wife who lost her husband but also as an educated person who needed to throw light on the lapses in our system.”
That’s what Vinita Kamte, wife of late IPS officer Ashok Kamte, told the group gathered at hotel Taj on Tuesday for the launch of her book To The Last Bullet, a tribute to her husband who was killed outside Cama Hospital on November 26, 2008.
The book, penned along with senior journalist Vinita Deshmukh and published by Ameya Prakashan, is an account of the travails Vinita had to endure in her search for the truth about the circumstances of her husband’s death, for which she had to invoke the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
To The Last Bullet reveals how the three officers shot outside Cama Hospital — additional commissioner of police Kamte, ATS chief Hemant Karkare and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar — did not get help for 40 minutes though a police van passed the spot.
The book was unveiled by RTI activist Aruna Roy, former city commissioners of police Julio Ribeiro and M.N. Singh, and incumbent commissioner of police D. Sivanandhan.
“For a woman, the personal has always been political, and Vinita has made that shift beyond her personal grief in order to probe the truth,” said Roy.
While Vinita said it was not her status as the wife of a senior police officer, but the RTI Act that helped her, Roy stressed the need for transparency.
Also, the chief hurdles in her path to the truth, for which Vinita tirelessly interviewed witnesses and went through log books, came from the police itself, she said. “The public and the media should read the book and take up the issue of the glaring lapses in the system itself,” said Vinita.
Who Killed Karkare? a book by former inspector general of police S.M. Mushrif will be unveiled at Shivaji Mandir in Dadar on Wednesday at 6 pm.