Slain Mumbai Police Office Vijay Salaskar was often touted as the most feared encounter specialist in India. He joined Mumbai police as a sub inspector in 1983. A ferocious officer of Anti-Extortion Cell, Salaskar had his pulse on the underworld. He was part of the brigade that eliminated several hardcore gangsters. He died fighting terrorists near Cama Hospital on 26 November 2008 and was honored with the Ashoka Chakra posthumously.
When people talk about 26/11 Mumbai attack, the heroic role played by bunch of officers often figures out in their discussion either intentionally or unintentionally. The 72 hours mayhem took the toll some of the bravest officers of Mumbai Police including encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar. He was killed fighting terrorists and was honored with the Ashoka Chakra posthumously on 26 January 2009.
Eldest amongst his three siblings Vijay Salaskar after graduation worked on the payroll of Rs 250 per month in 1983 as an administrator at a shipping company. He also worked with New India Insurance Company but not for long as he soon joined Mumbai police as a sub inspector in 1983. Job profile of a policeman inspired him to join the force. After passing out as an officer from Nasik’s Police Training College in 1983, he was transferred to Mumbai, a city which at that time was under the grip of underworld. Married to Smita Salaskar he was father to a daughter Divya Salaskar. He died fighting terrorists near Cama Hoispital on 26 November 2008.
Professional Career in Mumbai Police
His first brush with fame came when he shot dead Raja Shahabuddin, wanted on several counts. Often touted as the most feared encounter specialist in India, Salaskar in 24 years of service eliminated many criminals. Extortionists like Amar Naik, Sadhu Shetty, Kundan Singh Rawat, Jaggu Shetty, Zahoor Makhanda were gunned down. An archrival of the Arun Gawli gang (one of the most feared gangs of Mumbai) he was instrumental killing Gawli two trusted men, Sada Pawle and Vijay Tandel, in 1997. A ferocious officer of Anti-Extortion Cell, Salaskar had his pulse on the underworld. He was part of the brigade that eliminated several hardcore gangsters.
Part of counter offensive team he along with Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of the Mumbai Police Ashok Kamte rushed at once to neutralise the terrorists who were reported to be near Cama and Albless Hospital ("Cama") next to the Azad Maidan police station. As their Tata Qualis took a turned two terrorists stepped out from behind a tree and opened fire with AK-47 automatic rifles. All the three along with constables were killed. Once ensured about the fate the duo dumped the body and moved towards the city but could not succeed and met a gory end near Girgaum Chowpatty. While one Ismail Khan was killed other namely Ajmal Amir Kasab was captured alive.
News about the death of Vijay Salaskar came as a shock for many. His demise was a great loss to Mumbai Police. His funeral was attended by scores of personalities and top brass of Mumbai Police. Throughout his long span of career Salaskar served the force with utmost loyalty and laid down his life fighting terrorists on 26 November 2008. He was honored with the Ashoka Chakra posthumously on 26 January 2009. May his soul rest in peace!
Spouse: Smita Salaskar
Child : Divya Salaskar
(FAN OF Shaheed VIJAY SALASKAR)
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