Tukaram Omble

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Tukaram Gopal Omble
Born c. 1954 (1954)
Died 27 November 2008 (aged 53–54)
Mumbai, India
Awards Ashoka Chakra ribbon.svg Ashoka Chakra
Police career
Department Mumbai Police
Years of service 1991 – 27 November 2008
Rank Assistant Sub-Inspector Assistant Sub-Inspector.png

Tukaram Omble AC (c. 1954 — 27 November 2008)[1] was an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Mumbai Police, and a retired army soldier. He was killed in action while fighting terrorists during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, at Girgaum Chowpatty Mumbai, and was instrumental in apprehending Pakistan national Ajmal Kasab alive. The lone surviving terrorist Kasab was later convicted and hanged. The Indian government posthumously honoured Omble, on 26 January 2009, with the Ashoka Chakra – the country's highest peace-time gallantry award for extraordinary bravery and valour in the line of duty.[2]


Omble joined the police as a constable in 1991 after retiring from the Indian Army's Signal Corps as a naik. He was an ASI with the Mumbai Police. His team was under-equipped for the attack, but managed to kill one terrorist and arrest the only terrorist taken alive — Ajmal Kasab. Unarmed, Omble held on to the rifle of the injured Kasab, enabling other officers to apprehend him. In the process, Kasab fired several shots, killing Omble.[citation needed]

Citizens of Mumbai led by Sumaira Abdulali petitioned to have him receive the highest civilian honour for his contribution to the nation in his rare feat to catch a terrorist on a suicide mission alive.[3] The Government of India awarded Tukaram Omble with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award.[4]

Awards and honours

  • Tukaram Omble was awarded the Ashoka Chakra, which is the highest peacetime gallantry award.[5]
  • He was also awarded CNN Indian of the year award under the category 'Extraordinary service to the nation'. [6]
  • Omble is memorialized by a bronze statue in Chowpatty.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Ashish Khetan; Bachi Karkaria; Chris Khetan; George Koshy; Harsh Joshi; Julio Riberio; Rahul Shivshankar (2009). 26/11 Mumbai Attacked. Roli Books Private Limited. ISBN 9789351940708. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ "11 security personnel to get Ashok Chakra". Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  3. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Ombales-courage-must-be-recognised/articleshow/3905959.cms?
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Ashok Chakra for only two: Karkare and Omble". Indian Express. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  6. ^ "Madhavan Nair, Team Chandrayan named CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  7. ^ Tiwary, Deeptiman. "Tukaram Omble - A extraordinary constable". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
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