Tukaram Omble

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Tukaram Gopal Omble
Died 26 November, 2008
Awards Ashoka Chakra
Police career
Department Mumbai Police
Rank Havaldar

Tukaram Omble AC was an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), and a retired army man who had entered the Mumbai police. He died during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, fighting terrorists at Girgaum Chowpatty and played a pivotal role in catching Ajmal Kasab alive, the lone survivor who later was convicted and sentenced to death for committing the crime. The Indian government honored Omble, on 26 January 2009, with the Ashoka Chakra – for the most conspicuous bravery or an act of daring or pre-eminent valour or self-sacrifice.[1]


Omble 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 onto the rifle of the injured Ajmal Kasab, enabling other officers to apprehend him. In the process, Ajmal fired several shots, killing Omble.[citation needed].

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • Tukaram Omble was awarded the Ashoka Chakra, which is the highest peacetime gallantry award.[2]
  • He was also awarded CNN Indian of the year award under the category 'Extraordinary service to the nation' [3]
  • Omble is memorialized by a bronze statue in Chowpatty.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "11 security personnel to get Ashok Chakra". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Ashok Chakra for only two: Karkare and Omble". Indian Express. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Madhavan Nair, Team Chandrayan named CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Tukaram Omble - A extraordinary constable". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2009-01-27.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)