The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the death sentence to the lone accused of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Ajmal Kasab, failed to elicit much reaction from the widow of late cop Ashok Kamte, Vinita. While speaking to DNA, Vinita said, “The upholding of the death sentence by the Supreme Court was all in the process and Kasab should be hanged now. He should be hanged at the earliest and it would be apt given the horror and utter destruction he had unleashed in Mumbai that night,” she said.
Kamte was posted as the additional commissioner of police in Mumbai during the attacks. He, along with encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and the then chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Maharashtra, Hemant Karkare, lost his life while facing the bullets of terrorists near Cama Hospital.
Vinita on her part had invoked the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and had laid her hand on the call logs during the fateful night and had exposed serious glitches in the security arrangement by the Mumbai police. Her investigations under the RTI had formed the basis of the book “To the Last Bullet”, which went on to be a national bestseller.