New Delhi: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist caught in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack by police in 2008, was hanged at 7:30 am on Wednesday. Kasab was sentenced to death for attacking Mumbai and killing 166 people. He was found guilty of 80 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable by the death penalty.

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Father of Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a NSG commando slain in 26/11 terror attack

Ajmal Amir Kasab's execution was a step in the right direction. “It is not a late decision, and it is a step in the right direction. But a lot has to be done before perpetrators of the Mumbai attack are brought to justice (in Pakistan).”

"I am extremely satisfied with the government decision. It has brought a sense of relief to those who lost their near and dear ones in that attack," he said.

Smita Salaskar, wife of Vijay Salaskar

Though the execution was delayed, Kasab was finally hanged. With this hanging, homage has been paid to my husband. But the real homage will be the conviction of other accused shielded in Pakistan.

Thanking President Pranab Mukherjee for rejecting the mercy plea of the Pakistani gunman, Smita said, "Late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had also demanded Kasab's hanging. His wish and our wish have been finally fulfilled.

Wife of Railway ticket collector who died in 26/11 carnage

The first thing that comes to my mind is what happened is good. We are happy that we have got justice. Ragini Sharma, whose husband S K Sharma was killed in the 2008 terror strike, said she would like to thank the President for rejecting Kasab's mercy plea.

Eknath Omble, brother of Tukaram Omble who died in 26/11 havoc

He should have been executed in public. Tukaram Omble was killed while trying to capture Kasab on the dreaded night of November 26, 2008.
"I am proud and very happy that my brother's efforts have paid off," a visibly jubilant Eknath said.

Political reactions

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid

Frankly speaking, we have allowed rule of law to prevail (in the case of Ajmal Kasab). Similarly we hope rule of law will be followed in Pakistan. There is not vast difference between the criminal procedures in India and Pakistan.

India let the rule of the law follow when it came to Kasab and he was even given the opportunity to file a mercy petition before the President."This shows we see everyone as equal. Law applies for everyone and it is same for everyone," he said.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam

"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives."

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP spokesperson

"The country expects our government to send such strong message and give such punishment to those who have bloodied their hands with the death of hundreds of innocent people," Naqvi said. This hanging sends a strong message to India's enemies, he added.

Shanawaz Hussain, BJP spokesperson

"Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handler's across the border are brought to justice," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister

Omar Abdullah tweeted: Got to hand it to the Governments at the Centre & in Mumbai for the mature way they handled this. Shows we can still keep a secret if we need to.

Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister

Soon after Kasab’s hanging Narendra Modi tweeted, What about Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001? That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years.

Digvijay Singh, Senior Congress leader

Finally Kasab hanged. Government of India should pursue the case of the Handlers in Pakistan. Afzal Guru's case should also be expedited now.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP Spokesperson

"It took us four years to finally hang him...Better late than never," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told mediapersons. Asking the government to "expedite the whole process of mercy petitions", Prasad demands action against Afzal Guru, who masterminded the attack on Parliament in December 2001. "All the handlers, conspirators of the Mumbai attack still remain at large in Pakistan," Prasad added further.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari

The law has taken its own course in the case."A dastardly terrorist act was perpetrated. An investigative process that culminated in a multi-layered fair judicial process playing itself out right upto the Supreme Court, the law has taken its own course," Tewari said.


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