Amid reports about Mumbai Police Crime Branch Chief Rakesh Maria’s offer to resign if Home Ministry does not clarify allegations levelled against him by Vinita Kamte, the slain IPS officer Ashok Kamte’s widow on Friday said she stands by each and every word in the book written by her.

“I’m ready to face any questions raised by anyone about everything written in my book. I stand by each and every word,” Ms. Kamte told PTI over phone from Pune.

“My book is based on the facts given by the Mumbai police using the RTI Act,” she said.

In her book, Ms. Kamte has criticised Maria for denying that he had guided her husband to Cama hospital where he fell to terrorists’ bullets along with Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad Chief Hemant Karkare and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.

Mr. Maria had reportedly shot off a letter to state Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday offering to quit if the government did not make a clarification on the allegations or allowed him to do that.

Mr. Maria was not immediately available for comments.

Ms. Kamte said she was initially reluctant about writing the book “but my desire to find out the truth about what happened on the night of November 26 leading to my husband’s death ultimately triumphed.”

In her book To The Last Bullet, Vinita questioned why Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria, who took charge of Police Control Room during the 59-hour siege, had denied knowledge of how Ashok, Additional Police Commissoner (East), landed up in Cama Hospital despite having himself asked him to go there.

The book was released on Tuesday by noted social activist Aruna Roy and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Rebeiro at a function organised at the Taj hotel, one of the scenes of 26/11 terror attack last year.


‘No resignation letter received from Maria’November 27, 2009

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