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Thackeray demands Kasab's public execution

Thackeray demands Kasab's public execution

December 18, 2008

Margashirsha Krushna Saptami

Pune (Maharashtra): In a hard-hitting editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna published yesterday, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray demanded the public execution of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab arrested in the recent Mumbai terror attacks.

Thackeray said that there was no need for Kasab to be put on trial as his involvement in the terror attacks is clearly visible. Kasab should be hanged publicly outside the Taj hotel and in front of the Gateway of India, he continued. Why should the alleged terrorist Kasab be given the opportunity of legal defense and present his side of the story, Thackeray asked in the editorial.

Lawyers here are of the view that if Kasab has to be hanged, then the legal procedures of the country have to be followed. "What evidences are being collected against Kasab and what investigations and talk of legal procedures are being talked about," Thackeray questioned.

"The entire world has seen the human massacre committed by Kasab and his colleagues. The terror acts committed by Kasab and other terrorists were captured on the television and still cameras. This is enough evidence, and does not warrant trial of the terrorists," Thackeray said.

The Sena chief warned lawyers that if they tried to represent Kasab in the courts, then the Sena workers would not spare them and teach them a lesson. Thackeray also blasted the state additional chief secretary, Chitkasala Zutshi, and the state director general of police, Anami Roy, saying that due to their inefficiency and negligence the terrorists had dared to attack Mumbai.

In Nagpur, the leader of the opposition and Sena legislator, Ramdas Kadam, echoed the words of his master. While speaking in the legislative assembly yesterday, he said: "Kasab should be publicly hanged at the Gateway of India and this public execution should be widely telecast."

Inquiry should be made as to what Zutshi was doing at midnight outside the Taj hotel when it was being attacked by the terrorists, he questioned. "The chief minister Deshmukh and deputy chief minister R.R. Patil have gone, now it is the turn to sack Zutshi, Roy, and Mumbai police commissioner Hassan Gafoor," Kadam said

Meanwhile, the All-India Milli Council yesterday supported Thackeray's demand to hang without trial Kasab, said a spokesman in Panaji.

Iqbal Mohideen, president of the All-India Milli Council (Goa), told reporters that Kasab's chilling crime should be judged through the Shariah (Islamic law). "The AIMC supports Bal Thackeray's demand. Even the Shariah says an eye for an eye, a limb for a limb and life for life," Mohideen said.


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