Bombay, Nov 21 : 26/11 Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror mayhem Wednesday hailed the execution of Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the attack.
Jan 31, 2012: Kasab tells SC that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case.
Feb 23, 2012: SC hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and their Pakistani handlers and watched the CCTV footage of the carnage.
Apr 25, 2012: SC reserves its verdict after a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month.
Aug 29, 2012: SC upholds death sentence of Kasab and acquittal of two alleged Indian co-conspirators in the case.
Oct 16,2012: Union home ministry recommends to President for rejection of Kasab’s mercy plea.
Nov 5,2012: President rejects Kasab’s mercy petition.
Nov 8,2012: Maharashtra government informed about President’s decision.
Nov 21,2012: Kasab hanged in Yerawada Jail in Pune.
Kasab was hanged in a Pune’s Yerwada Jail at 7.30 a.m. Wednesday, after his mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month.
Entire operation to hang Kasab in Yerwada was kept as a highly guarded secret as many jail officials were not even aware of the fact that Kasab was brought to Pune from Arthur road jail on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Many of them came to know about it when entire operation was completed successfully.
“I feel our Diwali has started today (Wednesday). I have burst crackers, distributed sweets in the neighbourhood and celebrated the news. My mother will finally be able to sleep peacefully. We have got our closure,” said Sachin, son of the slain Assistant Sub-Inspector Balasaheb Bhonsale.
Family of Tukaram Omble, the assistant sub-inspector who grappled with heavily armed Kasab and held on to him despite being injured before the terrorist was caught alive, also welcomed the move.
“A terrorist like him should have been hanged in public,” said Eknath, Omble’e brother.
“My family is happy. Through the media I had appealed to the president and I am glad that right decisions have been taken,” he added.
Smita Salaskar, wife of police encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, who was killed in the 26/11 attacks, said it is the beginning of the justice in the case.
“I am very satisfied. However, if my husband had good weapon to defend himself during the attack, situation would have been different,” said Smita, hoping that better weapons will be provided to policemen now on.
Wife of CST ticket inspector Sushil Kumar Sharma, Ragini was elated. “I just cannot express in words how happy I am. I hope all of us who have lost our loved ones are able to close this chapter now,” she said.
Vishnu Zende, an announcer at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the busiest railway station here which was one of the first targets of the attack, said: “This is something I never expected to hear…And in such an abrupt way. However, my happiness knows no bounds.”
Zende saved many lives by making announcements over the public address system at the station about the terrorist attack and asking commuters and passengers to move away.
The officer added, “In fact ever since his appeal had been rejected by the Supreme Court, his attitude was that of resignation. He knew that his death was a foregone conclusion and it was a matter of time and did not even react much when we informed him that his mercy petition had been rejected by the President. Hence towards the end, there he did not emote much or display any remorse.” The officer added, “He did not shed a single tear during the last few days.”
“I swear by God, won’t do such a thing again” (Allah kasam dubara aisi galti nahi karunga), were the last helpless words uttered by Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving terrorist, proved guilty in 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Kasab was hanged till death and buried immediately inside Yerwada jail on Wednesday morning.
For Terrorist like him, there is no second chance, nor he will see another day. common man exclaimed.