'Feels good, but main culprits still out there'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Nov 22, 2012 23:20 IST

There are two dates that Divya Salaskar will never forget - November 26, 2008, the day her father Vijay Salaskar was killed, and November 21, 2012 - the day the man who shot him was hanged to death.

The news of the hanging of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday brought a sense of closure for Divya.

Her message on a social networking site said: "After 4 yrs i.e. 1461 days later... I have received my justice... I have received my closure... I am beyond words today... Finally... Finally.. This 26/11 I will be different... Thank God."

Ashok Chakra awardee Salaskar and senior police officers Hemant Karkare and Ashok Kamte were shot dead by Kasab and his slain accomplice, Abu Ismail.

While Divya got a job at the Income Tax office, her mother, Smita manages the functioning of a petrol pump donated by the state.

"Looking at the pace of procedural formalities, I thought our family would have to take to the streets for demanding a speedy execution. I feel satisfied that Kasab has been hanged," said Smita.

"His hanging is just the start of justice for all victims. Pakistan should take a cue and prosecute the actual masterminds."

Other relatives of police officers who died at the hands of the terrorists also felt justice was done.

Snehlata Choudhari, widow of slain RPF head constable Murlidhar Choudhari, said, "I thank the President. We have waited four years for this day. Today is our true Diwali."

While welcoming the hanging of Kasab, some felt that the real culprits should be brought to book.

"Though one of the foot soldiers in the attack has been punished, the masterminds are still at large, so things do not end with Kasab's hanging. Even today, I am not satisfied with the government's explanation regarding how substandard bullet-proof jackets were being used," said Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karkare.


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