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‘I don’t care’

Aashish Chowdhry, who lost his sister and brother-in-law in the 26/11 attacks, says Kasab’s death sentence doesn’t make any difference.

entertainment Updated: May 09, 2010 15:15 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Most Indians are pleased that Abdul Ajmal Kasab has been given the death sentence.

However, some continue to be unmoved. One of them is actor Aashish Chowdhry, who lost his sister and brother-in-law in the terror attack. “I didn’t care for the trial. I don’t care for the verdict either,” he says.


Chowdhry hasn’t followed the case for the last one and a half years and remains indifferent towards its outcome.
“I don’t care because so many young men are farmed by terrorist organisations in various countries for suicidal missions. So if we think that one verdict will teach a lesson to everyone, we’re kidding ourselves,” he says, adding, “Whether he dies on the day of the mission or is given a death sentence later makes no difference to the terrorists and their dreadful plans,” rues Chowdhry.

The actor, last seen in Daddy Cool and who will be next seen in the Dhamaal sequel, asserts that squashing a mosquito will not stop others from spreading diseases. He attributes the terror attacks to misleading education at an impressionable age. “Kasab was brainwashed by his preachers that what he’s being trained to do is for the cause of Jihad,” says Chowdhry, adding that terrorism, globally, is a bigger problem than we can even imagine.

Real issue

He thinks the government needs to pay more attention to terrorism and ensure that we don’t go through another 26/11. “The government must attack the root of such problems. Not only should they focus on security, but also upgrade it time to time,” states Chowdhry. “Simultaneously, the government should make the citizens feel secure in their homes and ensure that those who lost their loved ones in the 26/11 attack are compensated adequately, instead of spending on the protection and life of the man responsible for the death of so many innocent people.”

First Published: May 09, 2010 15:11 IST