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Tukaram Omble AC (c. 1954 — 27 November 2008) was an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Mumbai Police, and a retired army man. 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 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.
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.
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.The Government of India awarded Tukaram Omble with the Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award.