Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte was one of the most respected and admired officers of the Mumbai Police force. One of the bravest officer in the Mumbai Police Force, Kamte was one of the 14 men from the police force that laid down their life in Mumbai’s 26/11 attacks. One of the brightest and most talented cops in Indian history, he was responsible for spearheading the team that helped free up the hostages in the Taj Hotel. Survived by his wife and two children.
- He was born into a family of cops in 1965 with his father serving as a Lieutenant-Colonel.his grandfather Narayanrao was the first Indian Inspector-General of the Maharashtra Police from 1947 to 1955.
- He was an avid bodybuilder and even represented India at the junior power-lifting championship in 1978.
- He was equally good with academics and completed his bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai where he also completed his post-graduation from. He was awarded an international scholarship from Camp Rising Sun for academic excellence.
- He was responsible for bringing down notorious gangster Raju Pujari after taking over the Sangli Police Department.
- Arrested Ravikant Patil, a three-time Member of the Legislative Assembly from Karnataka for bursting crackers late at night. He considered that everyone was equal in the eyes of the law and this incident went onto prove it.
- A secular cop the areas under his jurisdiction remained free of violence during the frequent communal violence in Mumbai.
- Ashok Kamte was killed in action by terrorists during the Mumbai attacks, on 26 November 2008 in a narrow lane between St. Xavier’s College and the Rang Bhavan after being called up to negotiate with the terrorists. He was an extremely experienced negotiator having successfully negotiated previously on many occasions.
- He was cremated with top state honours with more than 3000 people including top officials, politicians and figures attending his funeral.
- 1999: UN medal
- 1999: Videsh Seva medal for UN service
- 2005: Antarik Suraksha Padak for Anti-Naxalite operations
- 2006: Police medal
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