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Memorial dedicated to 2611 martyrs
Chowk named after Kamte
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A chowk on Nepean Sea Road was named after Ashok Kamte on Saturday. The additional commissioner of Mumbai police was shot dead outside Cama Hospital on the night of 26/11 during terror attacks.

Memorials were unveiled on either side of the road during a brief ceremony. The event was presided over by Kamte's widow Vinita and those present included his mother, Kamala, BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha, commissioner of Mumbai police D Sivanandan, additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev, additional commissioner of police Himanshu Roy and members of governing council of the Nepean Sea Road Citizens' Forum (NSRCF), which proposed the memorial.

NSRCF secretary Nilu Gidwani said, the spot, opposite Matru Ashish building, had been chosen for the memorials because Kamte lived in the neighbouring Embassy Apartments for a while.

Roy, who was Kamte's batchmate in college and in the IPS, recalled that he had spent many "afternoons listening to music and doing things I wouldn't like to mention'' at his friend's flat.

Roy praised Kamte's enthusiasm and expertise in fire arms, adding that he remained an idealist even though "it's difficult to retain idealism after years and years of working in public life".

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