Scientists have discovered two new species of spiders in Maharashtra and named one of them after Tukaram Omble, the Mumbai Police Assistant Sub-Inspector who was killed during the 26/11 terror attacks in the city. They have named the new species ‘Icius Tukarami’, which first appeared in a research paper. Parveen Kaswan, Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, posted a picture with the spider on the left and the officer it has been named after on the right.
“So much nature yet to explore and a good way to pay respect to a martyr. A new species of jumping spider is documented Icius Tukarami from Maharashtra. Named after the martyr Tukaram by researchers,” tweeted Mr Kaswan.
In a subsequent tweet, Mr Kaswan wrote that the second species of the jumping spider was called Phintella cholkei. “This species is distributed in Thane and Aarey Milk Colony in Mumbai. Great find and documentation,” he wrote.
Soon after Mr Kaswan’s tweet, many people once again paid tributes to Mr Omble, who was also posthumously honoured with Ashoka Chakra in January 2009. “A great way to pay homage to the martyrs of the Mumbai attack. Jumping spider – are they dangerous??” tweeted @bani23b.
Another user wrote it was a “glorious taxonomic tribute” to the braveheart.
Mr Omble, unarmed, was killed while he tried to capture terrorist Ajmal Kasab on the night of November 26, 2008. He was shot dead at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai, but not before Mr Omble had ensured that the terrorist was caught alive.
Mr Ombale was unarmed, but he grappled with Kasab and held on his rifle allowing others to arrest him. Kasab fired several rounds before his arrest and the constable died of bullet wounds.