Mumbai celebrates Kasab’s death sentence

May 6th, 2010 - 9:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, May 6 (ANI): Residents in Mumbai city distributed sweets and burst firecrackers on Thursday to celebrate the death sentence awarded to Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Many people visited the sites of the attacks, such as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), to celebrate Kasab’s punishment.
A tea vendor, Mohammed Taufiq Sheikh, who was also an eyewitness of the attack at the CST, distributed tea free of cost to express his happiness and demanded that Kasab be hanged within the next few days.

“I am very happy to hear the judgement that Kasab has been given death sentence, but he should be hanged within two days. They should not take years. Even today we have many people whose cases are pending. Today, they have sentenced him to death penalty and he should be hanged within next few days, either in public or in the court, but public should witness his death,” said Sheikh.

“Every militant should think before attacking India and should know that the Indian government is very strong,” he added.Hundreds of people thronged the CST and lit candles at the memorial that had been erected for the victims of 2008 attacks and burst firecrackers.

“Today, the verdict has come and it has come in our favour, in the favour of the public. The death sentence to Kasab was the ultimate and which we were anticipating but we went to the Siddhivinayak Temple and prayed. Ultimately, the God has listened to us,” said Pradeep Bhavnani, President of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mumbai Youth Association.

“Now my only request to Her Excellency, President of India, is that things should be expedited fast,” he added.

The volunteers of the National Institute of Jihad Against Atrocities and Terrorism (NIJAAT) also celebrated the death sentence as they felt that justice has prevailed.

“Every Hindu and Muslim is celebrating the death sentence given to Kasab. NIJAAT organisation is also celebrating to express its happiness; we are distributing sweets and bursting crackers,” said Haji Hyder Azam, Co-Convenor of NIJAAT.

“The way we celebrate Eid and Diwali festivals, we are celebrating Kasab’s punishment as well,” he added.A Mumbai Special Court on Thursday sentenced Kasab to death on four counts.

Judge M L Tahiliyani awarded death sentence for Kasab on-waging war against India, murder, conspiracy to murder, and participating in an act of terror under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). Judge Tahaliyani felt that Kasab’s crime fell under the judicial definition of “rarest of rare”.With today’s judgment, Kasab became the 52nd prisoner on death row in India.Judge Tahiliyani also awarded life term to Kasab on five other counts. He said, “A common man will loose faith in court, if this man is let loose. The death penalty is required. There is no other option. This man has lost the right to get humanitarian treatment.” Judge Tahiliyani also felt that having Kasab alive can be a perpetual danger to the nation. He also added that Kasab has been a menace to the society. After the judge pronounced the verdict, Kasab broke down to tears in the courtroom.His whole body was reportedly shuddering, just moments before the judge pronounced the quantum of punishment. Immediately after pronouncement of the death sentence, Judge Tahaliyani sent his order for confirmation to the Bombay High Court. The death penalty will not be implemented immediately it has to be confirmed by the High Court. Kasab has the option of appealing to higher courts, and can also file a mercy petition for the consideration of President of India.Earlier, Kasab was pronounced guilty on Monday and the prosecution and defence ended their arguments on quantum of sentence on Tuesday. (ANI)

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