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He should be hanged, says Salaskar’s widow

“Kasab should be hanged... I expect death sentence for Kasab. Nothing less,” Smita wife of Vijay Salaskar, who was killed in the 26/11 attacks, said.

mumbai Updated: May 04, 2010 00:32 IST

“Kasab should be hanged... I expect death sentence for Kasab. Nothing less,” Smita wife of Vijay Salaskar, who was killed in the 26/11 attacks, said. Terrorists Abu Ismail and Kasab killed Salaskar and two other senior police officers, ATS chief Hemant Karkare and additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, outside Cama hospital.

Nikam’s next step

Hailing Kasab's conviction, special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the acquittal of two others in the case will be challenged in a higher court. “I am very happy (about conviction of Kasab). But I regret the acquittal of two other accused Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed. The court has given them benefit of doubt. We will challenge their acquittal,” Nikam said. “I will recommend to the government to challenge the acquittal of the two in a higher court,” he said.

Ombales happy

The family of slain assistant police SI Tukaram Ombale, who caught Kasab alive during the 26/11 terror attacks, expressed satisfaction with the conviction.”It is good to hear that Kasab was found guilty... He should be given death penalty then only, I think, my father's sacrifice will have actual value,” his daughter Vaishali said.

Saviour hails verdict

“I welcome the judgment convicting Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 case,” said Central Railway announcer Vishnu Zende, who witnessed the Pakistani gunman's terror act from close quarters and alerted commuters to flee from the CST railway station. “Kasab had killed so many people. He got punishment for his heinous acts and wrong deeds...” Zende said. He was reacting to the court’s verdict which hailed him as one of the strong eye witnesses whose testimony helped in establishing the guilt of Kasab.

‘Justice has been done’

Yasmin Ansari, wife of co-accused Fahim Ansari, told television channels that justice had finally been done. “This is an important decision for us,” said a burqa-clad Yasmin, who was mobbed by journalists after she had a 10-minute meeting with her husband. “Hemant Karkareji had given Fahim a clean chit (after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh in the Rampur attack case) and we were fighting on the basis of that.”

Of local support

“From day one, we believed this can’t happen without local support...The acquittal would not have happened if he (Hemant Karkare) were alive and investigating,” Shirish Karkare, brother of ATS chief Hemant Karkare, told CNN IBN.