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Ashok Kamte (1972-1977) martyered fighting terrorists in Mumbai

Nov 27th, 2008 | By | Category: News & Announcements, Obituaries
Ashok Kamte

Ashok Kamte, IPS

Ashok Kamte, IPS, DCP Zone 1of Mumbai Police was martyered while fighting terrorists at Metro Cinema in Mumbai city.

Ashok laid down his life in a gun battle during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 along with two other high-ranking officers, Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar.

Ashok had also served as the Commissioner of Police at Solapur where he became a hero among locals.

“A cop that turned Solapur from a wrong city to the right one. The person who every responsible Solapurkar liked and loved. This community has been created to pay the respect and gratitude that he deserves,” wrote one of his fans on the social networking web site of Orkut.

His friends at the IPS academy remember him as a great athlete and one of the brightest cadets of his batch.

Ashok is survived by his wife Vineeta and children Arjun and Rahul.

Fast Facts

  1. Name: Ashok Marutirao Kamte
  2. Born: February 23, 1965
  3. Father: Lt. Col. (ret.) Marutirao Kamte
  4. Grand Father: Ganpatrao Kamte, first Indian Inspector General of Police in the Imperial Police of Bombay
  5. Studied at The Rajkumar College, Rajkot from 1972 to 1977
  6. Won three distinguished prizes while at RKC;
    The Diamond Jubilee Prize for 1974-75
    The Wynter Blyth Memorial Junior School Cup 1974-75 for Sports, and
    The Mwanza Cup 1976-77 for the Best Junior Cricketer
  7. Further schooling was at Kodaikanal in South India
  8. College: St. Stephens, New Delhi
  9. Selected to the Indian National Power-lifting team in 1987
  10. A respected power-lifter, won six gold & silver medals at National level. Broke three records in India.
  11. Became an Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer in 1989
  12. Ashok Kamte was DCP, Zone 1, in Mumbai city
  13. Was killed during the terrorist shootout at the Metro Cinema in Mumbai on November 26, 2008
  14. The attack was part of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India

in the Press

Pune celebrates birthday of Mumbai martyr’s son
Times of India, December 4, 2008

Peace rally in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh
– The Hindu, December 1, 2008

Candlelight vigil in memory of the dead
– The Hindu, December 1, 2008

Kamte broke a hundred bones but was loved for it
Times of India, November 29, 2008

Ashok Kamte, played tough with MLA as well
Times of India, November 29, 2008

A colleague remembers Kamte by Vineet Agarwal, IPS, SP CBI
– Times of India, November 29, 2008

They were our heroes
Times of India, November 28, 2008

L. K. Advani’s statement on Mumbai terror attacks
– The Hindu, November 28, 2008

RKC institutes bravery award in alumnus Kamte’s name
Times of India, November 28, 2008

“I’m going for an operation… don’t call me” – last call to wife
– Times of India, November 28, 2008

Kamte, Karkare were fine officers, recall batchmates
– Times of India, November 28, 2008

Sangli, Solapur rue death of a ‘daredevil’ officer
– Times of India, November 28, 2008

Adieu to a gallant officer
– Indian Express, November 28, 2008

Alma mater pays tribute to Mumbai braveheart
– Indian Express, November 28, 2008

Ashok Kamte – A daring officer and excellent negotiator
– The Hindu, November 27, 2008.

A rare police officer who had a fan following
– Indian Express, November 27, 2008

Exploring life beyond the khaki uniform
By S Hussain Zaidi, 1998, Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

… Superintendent of Police, Thane rural, Ashok Kamte’s biceps are as awe inspiring as his baton. Kamte is a power-lifter and a body-builder to boot. Till now, he has broken three national records in power-lifting and won half-a-dozen gold and silver medals. …

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  1. I have just received confirmation that ASHOK KAMTE, DCP Zone 1, Mumbai city was killed in the operations against the terror attacks in Mumbai. We all are proud of him. These are very trying times we all are living in and schools like the RKC must train men and women who can stand up against such cowardly attacks on our Society.

    We all are proud of the young man even as we grieve for his family.


  2. A truly sad moment for the RKC family. Ashok will be remembered as a true Indian soldier for leading his men from the front and in doing so taking the bullet first.

    In Ashok’s memory, RKC has constituted the annual Ashok Kamte Memorial Chivalry Award from this year onwards.

    V. K. Thakkar
    The Rajkumar College, Rajkot

  3. Dear Mrs. Kamte, Rahul & Arjun,

    Has been truly shocking to learn of the sad and tragic passing away of Ashok who was a year senior to me at RKC.

    My memories of Ashok are of true sportsman, as I can vividly recall his encouraging the opposing team players to play hard and congratulating the goalkeeper if he managed to save one of his goal attempts in football.

    In Ashok, the society has lost a worthy citizen and will be remembered for his tough but fair attitude that he lived by.

    Our prayers are with you and the family to give you strength through this difficult phase. May god bless Ashok.

    Amit Shukla & family

  4. Ashok Kamte was a close friend & classmate. We were both the sporty & naughty types & we got along very well.

    A few years after he left RKC he had come back & apparently tried getting in touch with me at my residence, I was studying at bangalore & we could not meet.

    We lost contact as most Rkcians usually have before the advent of the email which has brought us all together. However, a couple of months back I was told he was a police officer in Mumbai. I tried to get hold of his phone number or email but couldn’t. I guess I will have to live with his memories
    May god bless his soul & give courage to his family in these trying times.

    Sunil Lalchandani

  5. Ashok came from a distinguished Family of Kamte…

    Ashok’s Uncle, Kim [ Anil ] was my friend…and through him I met the whole Kamte Family at Senior Kamte’s house in Poona…in the 60s…Senior Kamte was the IGP of Maharashtra then..the highest police position. I remember Colonel Kamte well [ not only throught my parents but through Kim ], because he had “BharatSingh ” muscles and ran a detective agency in Bombay…that I though was very cool. Seems that Ashok who was a little boy then grew to be like his Father…in both looks and muscle…..I salute the Family and mourn his tragic passing….sad indeed. Difficult to imagine Bombay being held ranson.

    Warm regards,

    Tarik Currimbhoy….writing from New York.

  6. It has been shocking to know that Shri Ashok Kamte who was a RKC old boy and Additional Police Commissioner of Mumbai (East ) is no more. He has sacrificed his life for the cause of the nation, fighting against the terrorists in Mumabai last night.

    Earlier, he was Police Commissioner , Sholapur and was transferred to Mumbai.

    We all pray for him and carry on ,like him , to be concerned about the security of this nation.

    God bless his family.

    Sanjay Joshi
    Dy. DDO Ahmedabad.

  7. The Old RKCians Association, Baroda Chapter express their deepest condolences on the sad demise of our RKCian Ashok Kamte, DCP Mumbai Police.

    May Lord rest his soul in peace and give his family the strenght to beare the loss of a great gentleman.

    Kumar Shah

  8. I am saddened to read of the sad and sudden demise of DIG Ashok Kamte in action at Mumbai. May God grant strength to his bereaved family to face this irreparable loss.

    Let us pray for the departed soul to rest in Peace in Heaven.


  9. Paramatma ASHOK KAMTE na atmane Shanti Saachi Aapajo.

    O Universal God, Give Ashok Kamte’s soul true Peace.


  10. My heartfelt condolences to Ashok Kamte’s family and close ones. I pray that his soul transits peacefully from such a shocking death into a heavenly habitat of peace and harmony where his soul
    may experience boundless love and solace.

    Knowing deep within that we are primarily not mortal human beings trying to have a divine experience, but rather we are primarily immortal divine beings momentarily having a human experience, I wish him “so long”, in anticipation that some day our paths may meet again.

    We thank him profoundly for being among us and making the sacrifice in defending the
    right against the wrong for our safety.

    I pray that his close ones are endowed with strength and courage to cope with the sad loss,

    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

    Vinod Raja
    Calgary, Canada

  11. I am really shocked to learn that one of our school old boy ASHOK KAMTE DCP Mumbai Police, was killed in the operations against the terror attacks in Mumbai. I wish to convey Heartfelt Condolences to his family through the RKC alumni site as I do not have his address. Please forward the attached letter to Mrs. Ashok Kamte.

    My heartfelt condolences to Ashok Kamte’s family and close ones. I pray that his soul rest in peace and pray to god the Almighty to rest his soul in peace.

    I feel proud of my old school which has molded students like Ashok Kamte, who has laid down their life for our country. I would like to suggest that our school should allot a prominent place in the Quadrangle for the memories of the old boys who have laid down their lives for the for the country.

    TS Raghuvirsinh of Gangad & Family
    29th November, Ahmedabad

  12. Jaiswaminarayan Pujya Swamiji,

    Martyr Ashok Kamte was product of my school Rajkumar College Rajkot and we old boys are extremely proud of his service and Ultimate Sacrifice for the nation. We are also profoundly saddened by his untimely demise.

    Swamji we request you to pray for his soul and acquire PARAM PUJYA PRAMUKHSWAMI MAHARAJ’S Devine Blessings so that his Atma obtains shanti ,solace and Akshardham.

    We also pray that Swami Bapa blesses his family with strength, courage and serenity to be able to bear this irreparable loss.


    Rajendra Chhaganlal
    Chhaganlal Khimji Jewellers
    Kingdom of Bahrain

  13. Dear Mrs. Kamte and Family,

    The RKC Oldboys of Delhi express their deepest condolenses on the loss of an Old RKCian, Ashok Kamte. May his soul rest in peace. May the almighty give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss.

    Kiran Wadhwana
    New Delhi

  14. a brave soul,gallant officer and above all a martyr..May his soul rest in peace as it wil.”even death in performance of one’s duty is blessednessa” Bhagvad Gita

  15. Please include our heart felt condolences at the tragic loss of this Brave man.

    His family will miss a good man but they can take comfort in the fact that Ashok had an impact
    in many people’s lives all of them positive.

    The good feeling and positive memories he evokes will provide solace and pride for the Kamte Family.

    May there be more good people passing through RKC all the time.

    Thank you.

    Bharat Dalal & family.
    RKC – 1967-75.
    Oxford, UK.

  16. Ashok gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. While no words can express the Kamte family’s grief and sorrow upon loosing a brave husband, father and son, reading and listening to the accolades being showered from across the globe, I can only feel proud of my fellow RKC’ian. I never got to know Ashok at RKC, but I cannot imagine how anyone could have kept him from being in the midst of action, whether it is the playing field or the fields of fire.

    As an RKC’ian, Ashok belongs to a proud and exclusive fraternity, and we will always be indebted for his direct and indirect services to his alma-mater and country. We will endeavour to ensure that his ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten.

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Harishchandrasinh Jadeja

    95 Townsend Drive
    Breslau, Ontario N0B 1M0

  17. Dear Kamte family,

    Along with the citizens of India and students of RKC Rajkot, we are equally sorry to hear of the loss of a very brave young soul, Ashok. We here at Rajkumar College Alumni Association are greatly disturbed by the sudden loss of our fellow schoolmate and mourn this tragic loss with you.

    On behalf of the RKC Alumni in the US, please accept our heartfelt condolences and wish your family the strength to deal with the loss of your beloved family member. If there is anything we can do to help in any manner, we are here for you.

    Let us pray for the departed soul to rest in Peace in Heaven and may God Bless you in these tough and trying times.

    Warm regards and strength to cope,

    Rahul Patel and family
    Cary, NC (USA)

  18. Dear Mrs. Kamte and Family,

    Deepest condolenses on the loss of an Old RKCian, Ashok Kamte. May his soul rest in peace. May the almighty give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss.

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    With Warm Reagrds,
    Samir Warrier & Family.

  19. Dear Kamte family,

    My heartfelt Condolences to all the near and dear ones of the family. I pray to God Almighty that May His Brave Soul Rest In Peace.

    I am really saddened to learn that one of our school old boy ASHOK KAMTE, DCP Mumbai Police, was killed in the operations against the terror attacks in Mumbai.

    I feel proud of my old school which has molded students like Ashok Kamte, who has laid down their life for our country.

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Punit Kotak & Family,

  20. Dear Lt. Col. Kamte sir, Vineetaji, Rahul and Arjun,

    Ashok was my classmate and although with different work engagements we lost touch, I regularly read about him and was inspired by the strength of his character then and now.

    Words definitely are inadequate to convey one’s feelings in the face of such insanity and inhuman act but then a loss of a son, husband and a father is definitely beyond one’s comprehension and strength to bear. Although it is a solace in the fact that Ashok laid down his life in the face of duty and has made each one of us take pride in being associated with him.

    The Tanti family is deeply grieved at your loss and share this moment with equal sense of sorrow.

    Our prayers for the departed brave soul and may the Almighty provide strength to all of us in these testing times.

    In bereavement,

    Jitendra Tanti (
    Suzlon family
    Pune, India
    RKC tenure (1976-81)

  21. Dear Kamte Family

    Ashok did for a truly noble cause and I’m honored to have known him. Deeply regret and share your sorrows.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Warm regards

    Ashok Anandpara & family
    1968 – 1978

  22. I was on my way to Bhopal when the horrendous attack on Mumbai began. With great shock I learnt of dear Ashok’s `shahadat’ the moment I stepped into my hotel. When I could get my thoughts a little organized, I thought of Ashok’s RKC days. He had been under my charge in the Junior House for a short while when he was in the 5th Std in 1974-75. He had spent more time in the Prep and Inter Houses. He was universally liked and very popular. He had bagged for himself the Diamond Jubilee Prize for cademics and the Mwanza Cup for Best Junior Cricketer. He was also awarded the Wynter-Blyth Junior School Cup for All Round Performance, an award given only to a thorough gentleman. That was Ashok in RKC.

    I was extremely happy when Ashok visited his alma mater in the nineties. I was House Master Seniors then and asked him to address the seniors and interact with them. By his charming personality, lively recounting of experiences and gentlemanly demeanor, he helped to change the students’ perception of the police force. I believe some to the seniors actually began to think of the police services as an option as a career. He did his force proud.

    I have managed to read some of the messages sent by Old Boys, so touchingly and eloquently expressing their deep grief and shock and condolences. I can but add my name to all those and express the same feelings with equal sincerity. We feel extremely angry with the perpetrators of this dastardly crime and the anger multiplies when we realize how helpless we are in these circumstances. While we take pride in this courageous officer’s ultimate sacrifice in carrying
    out his duty, I cannot but help thinking how much better it would have been if the devil’s bullet had not found its target and that Destiny would have willed it the other way. We would have been even
    more proud if Ashok and indeed all the other officers had had the opportunity to have terminated the terminators and undoubtedly saved very many innocent lives.

    This is grief-stricken Ayaazkhan, fondly and proudly remembering Ashok Kamte , the RKCian.


    I’m not sure I am qualified to write about Ashok. I unfortunately never met him. The loss would appear to be mine. My guess is I was senior by a few years.

    But by all accounts, Ashok was an incredible man who seems to have touched lives well beyond his immediate circle. And this was before the calamitous events of the past few days.

    His death has touched an emotional chord in all of us. In many cases this has led to outrage and an overwhelming impulse to seek retribution. I think Ashok would have wanted to let saner counsel prevail.

    His life was dedicated to the service of his fellow men. Perhaps there is the seed of the answer to our own anguish.

    How would Ashok have wanted us to respond at this momentous, fragile time in hi s beloved Motherland’s history?

    I believe he would have wanted us to see his life as a guiding beacon. To drown our sorrow and sadness in sweat. To roll up our sleeves and double our efforts in working to create the India of his and our dreams.

    Find some fellow Indians then, who are in need of assistance. Those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged. Perhaps find just one.

    Aid and assist this person or persons. Till it hurts. In the infinite power of giving, we will perhaps find the balm to soothe our frayed, incomprehending souls.

    May God give his family the strength to bear his sudden passing with resoluteness and may they know, that Ashok’s spirit will always live on in a billion Indian hearts.

    Kiran Bhalodia (Patel)

  24. I heard the news of Ashok’s death the very next morning when a colleague of mine informed me promptly. Though I was keenly following up with the TV grabs I just could not digest the fact that Ashok ,my dear class mate had to meet this cruel tryst with destiny.

    We were together from 1972 to 1977 and I would like to recall a small incident here which reflects the dashing personality of Ashok in his early childhood days. I am sure we all remember Northground and the hockey/football ground just opposite Mr Lal’s (our flamboyant English teacher) quarters. It was here on this very ground that I still vividly recall a small but significant incident of which Ashok happened to be my life size hero.

    We were engrossed in a small game of hockey during our routine games time and we happened to be in the same team. He was the playing in the centre forward position while I was in the Right in position. We had almost succeeded in getting in the 25 yards circle near the goal post and the I was in full control of the ball with my adept dribbling. Ashok yelled at the top of his voice commanding me to shoot the ball in the goal and I with all the feeble strength that I had in those days swung the hockey stick wildly…….only to see the stick missing the ball and cracking Ashoks jaw!!!…With blood trickling from his jaws , Ashok gave me an icy stare followed by two tight slaps on my face which shook the daylights out of me!!!! A few minutes later he was back in action, an I was still cowering in fright in anticipation of the off field repercussions!! Such was the charisma of absolute fighter to the core. With all the childish innocence I offered him my pleading apologies and he was quick to dismiss it as an outcome of his instinctive reflexes !! After half time we were both back in action and Ashok leading our team from the victory!!

    I recollected this incident to Ashok when he was the Kolhapur Commissioner of Police and he was totally zapped by my memory recall. Well it probably is on account of me being at the receiving end !!! and recall memory is consequential.

    My Dad though he is 80 years old today still vividly remembers Ashok and refers to him as the “European complexioned boy” ( Ashok was very fairskinned ) and Dad also knew him personally for his off field exploits!!

    Its indeed very sad and all I can say that the nation has lost a valiant and an honest officer. Me and my family sincerely pray to God to give his family all the strength to bear this great loss. Truly tragic !! I some times wonder as to why only the good people fall victims to this strange quirk of fate….

    Nitin Raikar
    Class of 1981

  25. Dear all:
    We are planning to meet the Kamte family in Pune on Sunday Dec 7th 2008 at 5.30pm sharp. Most of the Pune boys are aware of this. however is anyone has been left out but would like join, we are all meeting at my residence at 4.45pm same evening.
    My res address is as follows

    A-34 Abhimanshree society
    Pashan Rd
    Pune 411008
    cell 9823032563

    Jayant Kaneria

  26. It was with deep sorrow and complete shock that I received the news that Additional Commissioner of Police Shri Ashok Kamte who passed away under tragic circumstances was an RKC Old Boy.

    I wish to express my deepest sorrow and condolences to his family. May God give the family the strength to bear this loss. Words are inadequate at a time like this to express our grief.

    This attachment by Father Lawrie, a Jesuit priest, tells us of that fateful night when they lost Ashok Kamte who was also an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College Bombay.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    With heartfelt condolences.

    Dara Acidwalla

  27. Convey condolences to Kamte family and RKC family for sad loss of Beloved ASHOK.


    With this loss we pledge to strive to work towards “National Security Initiative” as project of RKC and possibly other “Public” and similar schools in the form of e.g. essay contest. For Old Boys, I propose a similar project for their brain trust with their life time learning experience to guide administrative policies for better security.

    Arvind M. Patel

  28. To a schoolmate, an outstanding and gallant police officer and a family man who gave his life so that others might live. I convey my deepest respect. To the Kamte family, my heartfelt condolences. You have gone to a better place and may you have everlasting peace. We will always be proud of you.

    Suren Vakil

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