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'Tired of reading about Kasab, why's it so difficult to hang him?'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 29, 2012
First Published: 21:27 IST(29/8/2012) | Last Updated: 23:24 IST(29/8/2012)

Families of victims and survivors of the 26/11 terrorists attacks remained nonchalant as news of the Supreme Court upholding the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested, reached their drawing rooms on Wednesday.

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"Kasab openly killed many in a matter of seconds. And, it took us close to four years to prove that. Are we supposed to celebrate the moment?" asked Kalpana Shah, who lost her husband Pankaj in the attack at the Oberoi Hotel in 2008.

The owner of the Tao Art Gallery added that the real culprits behind the attacks are still at large.  

The apex court on Wednesday rejected Kasab's plea against his conviction and death penalty awarded by the Bombay high court.

At least 166 people were killed and many more were injured in the attack that held the city hostage for three days.

"Hanging Kasab will not change anything. People in Mumbai still do not feel safe," said actor Ashish Chaudhary, who lost his sister and brother-in-law in the attack.

Survivors said that the long winding court proceeding was making it difficult for them to overcome their fears.

"I am tired of reading about Kasab every now an then. I do not understand why is it so difficult to hang him and end this trauma for us," said Santosh Singh, whose wife Poonam and son Sachin had suffered severe bullet injuries at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station.

Singh added that frequent hospital check-ups for his family compelled him to quit his job.

"She (Poonam) has to undergo another surgery because some traces of bullet are still lying in her stomach," he added.

Mukesh Agarwal, another CST survivor, said that the government should have distributed the money spent on Kasab's security among victims if it really wanted to heal their wounds.

"I could not go back to my family business. I have undergone three to four surgeries. How does his death sentence help me?" said Agarwal who was in coma for 20 days after two bullets pierced his chest and stomach outside CST station.

Some victims' families felt that their kin's souls would not rest in peace until Kasab is hanged to death.

"Our mother's soul will not rest in peace until he (Kasab) is dead. I saw him grinning on closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage at CST where my mother was shot dead," said Raju Solanki whose mother Arkhabai, a house keeping staffer at CST was among the first to fall the blind firing on November 26, 2008.


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