Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kamte’s book sold out in a day

Vinita Kamte’s controversial book To The Last Bullet gripped readers after immediately its release on the 26/11 anniversary

By Vijay Chavan
Posted On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 01:06:36 AM

The controversy surrounding Vinita Kamte’s book To The Last Bullet, which raised a ruckus in police and government circles, has helped it sell out within a day after the publishing ceremony was held on Tuesday in Mumbai.

City-based Ameya Publications has released the book. After the enormous success which the book garnered immediately after its release, the publishers have claimed that they are receiving thousands of calls from all over the city requesting more copies.

People are also enquiring about translations in regional languages, including Marathi.

Ulhas Latkar, publisher of Amey Prakashan, said, “This book is the extraordinary story of Ashok Kamte, former additional commissioner of police, East Region, Mumbai who died fighting against terrorists during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.

It is the true and inspiring story of one of the most courageous and promising Indian police Service (IPS) officers. And it is written straight from the heart by his wife, Vinita.”

Latkar added, “The book traces the life and career of this fearless officer who showed exemplary valour even during his postings in the naxal-affected Bhandara, Satara, Sangli, Solapur districts and later on in Mumbai. It brings out details of his life which could inspire many youngsters.”

When asked about the controversial part of the book, Latkar informed that the book says that not only had Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria hidden facts about Kamte’s location during the ordeal but that he had also concealed the timing of his death from the family.

Allegations and more
Vinita Kamte researched for the book through RTI applications filed with the police. Kamte has made several allegations in the book, one of which is that the police control room, manned by JCP Rakesh Maria on the night of the terror attacks, ignored repeated calls for help by the three officers — Ashok Kamte, Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar.

The book has chosen conversations from the police log, which Vinita got through RTI. It has conversations to show that at 12.56 am, Maria told then commissioner Hasan Gafoor that Kamte was at the Special Branch office and that he would ask Karkare to get in touch with Gafoor.

However, at 12.47 am, the police control had already been informed that Kamte and Karkare were shot. The book also claims that Hemant Karkare asked for reinforcements at 11.24 pm, but no help arrived till 12.47 am.

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