Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was hanged at Pune’s Yerwada Jail on Wednesday morning. The news came as surprise since no one was expecting the hanging to take place soon. As soon as the news broke on TV channels, India logged onto social media websites to make their views on the incident known. At the time of going to press, ‘Kasab’, ‘Yerwada’, ‘Afzal Guru’, ‘Sushilkumar Shinde’ and ‘President Pranab Mukherjee’ were the top five Twitter trends in Mumbai.
Even Bollywood made its stand on the subject public. Kumar Taurani, producer and managing director of the music label Tips, believes that people shouldn’t talk about the amount of time the decision took because “we have a system and we are living in a true democracy”. “The system says that everyone should be given a chance to defend themselves. We gave him a chance. It was a good decision and ultimately, the President took a call. I think it is also about the 60-odd hours that India was kept on edge. This is a message to terrorists that they can’t mess with us,” says Taurani.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar seems to be equally relieved by the verdict and feels justice has been given to the entire country. “It’s a great day. I thank the government for the verdict. They gave justice not only to the average Mumbaikar, but the entire country,” says Madhur. Filmmaker Sajid Khan exclaims, “Jai Hind! I really wish this had happened earlier.”
Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd): #kasab hanging - congratulations govt of India - for doing it so effectively. For once the govt broke the news n not the news channels.
Celina Jailty (@CelinaJaitly): Today R Veer Shaheed & the victims of 26/11's horrendous acts of terrorism will finally Rest In Peace..Kasab u & ur mates will burn in hell.
Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher): Justice may not replace the feeling of loss but it gives strength & hope to continue life with renewed belief in system we live in. #Kasab.
Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan): “@ShivAroor: Man who should be honoured today: the one who captured Kasab: Asst Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble.”
Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli): Kasab finally hangs. A day of vindication 4 d people who lost their loved ones 26/11. May terrorists all over know that their fates r sealed.
Actor Ashish Chowdhary’s sister lost her life in the 26/11 attacks. He was in a reflective mood on Twitter
Ashish Chowdhry (@AshishChowdhry):
* Chalo, time to move on and get back to work mode. Luv u all, and thank u all for hearin me out. Feels nice to speak out my heart here. Luv.
* In these 4yrs of awaiting and lookin upon Kasab’s sentence, i can bet lacs of new Kasab’s were born. Problem lies there. Rejoice when that stops.
* I will NOT teach my children to rejoice anyone’s death; be it Kasab. They will learn to be non-vindictive, non-fanatical and will love all.
* I’m sure as a lil’ baby, Kasab didn’t plan his outcome. He was brainwashed, driven to kill in the name of God.He didn’t know he was wrong.
* I sympathise with Kasab. He also was once a small innocent baby, like my son. But unfortunately born around wrong people n wrong teachings.
* Ignorance gave different faces to God, who in my view is ONE. Hence, religion too is ONE.N that religion is HUMANITY. Kasab was not taught that.
* Why should I rejoice Kasab’s death? I will rejoice when lil’ innocent children will stop being taught to kill in the name of God n Religion.
(The tweets have been used verbatim)
— Team HT Café