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Victims' families of the 2008 Mumbai attacks
Hang Kasab at Gateway!
January 10, 2009
Pousha Shuddha Chaturdashi
Will UPA listen to brave cop's daughter?
Mumbai: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist in the Mumbai carnage, should be hanged at the Gateway of India to pay a "real tribute" to the martyrs killed while saving lives during the terrorist attacks, daughter of a brave cop Omble's daughter has demanded.
"It would be insulting to our martyrs if Ajmal is let off on humanitarian grounds without any punishment," Vaishali, daughter of Tukaram Ombale who was killed during the terror siege, said in an interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Friday.
"Why should he not get punished while my father died fighting Ajmal without thinking about the family?" she asked.
Vaishali also rubbished the arguments about Ajmal being young and, therefore, should not be punished. She said the terrorists have killed nearly 200 innocent people, including 16 policemen.
"In fact, not punishing Ajmal would encourage the terrorist organisations to send even younger ones in the age bracket of 15-16 years with guns to kill more Hindus," she said.
In yesterday's Saamna editorial, Sena chief Bal Thackeray had criticised Kavita, wife of slain Anti Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare, and their daughter for suggesting that Ajmal should be let off on humanitarian grounds, and said the country did not share their stance.
Families of those killed in the terror strikes want Ajmal to be hanged, he had said, adding that only the Karkares have adopted a humanitarian approach and want to prove that they are "different".
Published: May 3, 2010 00:25 IST | Updated: May 3, 2010 08:17 IST Mumbai, May 3, 2010
Kasab deserves no mercy, says father of girl who lost her leg in attack
11-year-old Devika was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg at CST
The father of the 11-year-old girl disabled by the bullets of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is still an angry man.
On the fateful night of November 26, 2008, Natwarlal Rotawan was waiting at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with his daughter Devika and son Akash for a train when two terrorists opened fire. Devika was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg.
Natwarlal, who runs a dry fruit shop at Kalbadevi in South Mumbai, says Kasab must be hanged in public. “He has killed innocent people and deserves no mercy. The court must give him the death penalty,” Mr. Rotawan said.
“Kasab ruined my daughter's life. Now who will marry her? Her future is dark,” he said.
Wants to join police
In June last, Devika and Mr. Rotawan identified Kasab in court as one of the two gunmen who had opened fire at her and other passengers at the CST. Though the little girl is in deep pain and is too young to understand terrorism, she wants to eradicate terrorism and will do it by joining the police.
“I don't want other children to face what I had to go through. I do not want people to become a victim of terror. I will join police force and remove terrorism and hatred. I want peace everywhere,” Devika said. “I will soon join an English medium school, study hard so that I can join police force.”
Recalling the attack, she says: “How can I forget that night, when I saw people being killed in front of me. It was scary and horrible to see all that. Whenever I see Kasab on TV, I get very angry.”
“We were waiting for a train to Pune. We heard gunshots and saw two people with guns...firing at people just like in movies. I saw people running helter-skelter. While we were running, I was hit by a bullet and fell to the ground,” she recalls.
Devika, who is forced to rely on crutches, loved to play hide-and-seek and cricket but feels low when she sees other children playing. “When I see others playing, I too want to, but I am unable to.”
Published: May 3, 2010 08:18 IST | Updated: May 3, 2010 10:23 IST Mumbai, May 3, 2010
Kasab should get death penalty: Families of 26/11 victims
Those whose lives changed forever on 26/11 — family members or friends dead or haunted by shocking memories — say on judgement day on Monday, no mercy should be shown to Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the terrorist captured alive that day. He should be hanged, and hanged in public for all to see, they say.
That is certainly what 60-year-old Mohammed Hanif Peer Mohammed believes. “Those terrorists killed my sister’s husband. The sole surviving terrorist should not be spared. He should be hanged in public,” he said.
Indru Mansukhani, 71, a survivor of the attack in Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel — one of the many prominent Mumbai locations targeted that day — said it makes no sense giving Kasab a life sentence.
“He is one of those responsible for killing so many people. There is no need to take pity on him. He is a murderer,” said Mr. Mansukhani.
They are waiting for the verdict on Monday, which will mark a full 521 days after the bloody siege in India’s financial and entertainment capital. Justice will be delivered to Kasab, the only one captured alive from among the 10 Pakistan-based terrorists who attacked Mumbai that day. The assault left 166 people dead and 244 injured.
Kavita Karkare, widow of slain Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare who was shot three times in the chest as he led his men at the Taj Mahal Hotel to free it of terrorists, is eagerly awaiting the verdict. “Let us see what the verdict is. I will speak to you only after that,” she told IANS.
Many survivors even feel that Kasab should be hanged and the event should be telecast live.
Bharat Gujjar, 33, who survived the attack at Leopold Café is strictly against keeping Kasab alive. “I have heard talk of the Pakistan government asking for Kasab’s custody. But if that is done, I am sure he will be saved. Giving him a life term is also not advisable,” said Mr. Gujjar.
Ragini S. Sharma, the widow of slain railway officer Sushilkumar Sharma, said: “Kasab should be sentenced to most rigorous punishment. Kasab and all others should realise that their act of terrorism has taken away beloved members of our family. He should be hanged till death in public.”
Deepak Bhonsale, the son of assistant sub-inspector Balasaheb Bhonsale who was killed that day, said he is finally glad that judgement day has arrived.
“Although it took more than 17 months to pass a verdict against such a criminal, I am glad we will finally hear the sentence. He has taken the lives of many innocent people. He should be hanged till death.”