Mumbai: It took the Indian Government four years to finally punish the guilty of 26/11 attack on Mumbai. But, it remains to be seen if this serves a lesson for other ‘terrorists’ within our own country and outside. Relatives of victims and survivors of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack on Wednesday felt that justice has been done with the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. They believe it will serve as a lesson to terrorists that India is determined to act firmly against them.
Kasab was hanged to death at 7.30 am at Yerawada jail in Pune after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month.
K Unnikrishnan, father of NSG commando K Unnikrishnan, who was killed in the Taj Hotel strike, said, "The way in which the execution has been done, it is a model way.
"Before anybody could react to the rejection of the mercy petition (of Kasab), everything is over. That is the thing which I cherish."
Unnikrishnan, a retired ISRO official, said, "Definitely there was a long way to go for the sense of closure...Kasab's execution is only one chapter. The perpetrators are still moving around in Pakistan and the anti-India thinking in Pakistan is too much now, it should come down."
Smita Salaskar, wife of slain encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar who fell victim to the bullets of terrorists during the carnage, said, "Though the execution was delayed, Kasab was finally hanged. With this hanging, homage has been paid to my husband."
Eknath Omble, brother of assistant police sub-inspector Tukaram Omble who died while capturing the terrorist, said, "I am proud and very happy that my brother's efforts have paid off."
"We are very happy and satisfied. Ajmal Kasab should have been hanged in public, but I know our law does not permit this," he said.
Ragini Sharma, whose Railway ticket collector husband S K Sharma was killed in the strike, said, "The first thing that comes to my mind is what happened is good. We are happy that we have got justice."
Vishnu Zende, an announcer at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the railway station here which was one of the targets of the attack, said, "I had never thought that I would get to hear this news like this.
"I am very happy that he has been hanged. All the people who died in the terror attack have been given tribute by hanging him," Zende, who had helped save many lives by making announcements over the public address system in the station about the strike, said. (with PTI inputs)