Indian political parties celebrate Kasab's hanging

Published: November 21, 2012

Members of India's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab in Mumbai November 21, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI: Indian political groups celebrated the hanging of Pakistan-born Mohammed Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday.

According to a report by Press Trust of India, Bharat Janatiya Party (BJP) called for swift justice against the Pakistani handlers of the Mumbai attackers. Reuters reported that Hindu hardline group Bajrang Dal and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party also held public demonstrations, welcoming Kasab’s hanging.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, “[Indians] will get relief only when Kasab’s handlers across the border are brought to justice.”

Kasab’s hanging will serve as a cautionary tale for his cohorts in Pakistan, stated BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was executed on Wednesday, nearly four years after 166 people were killed in a three-day rampage through India’s financial capital.

He was hanged at Yerwada jail in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his pleas for mercy earlier this month, which he was praised for by the BJP.

Reader Comments (20)

  • vasan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:21PM

    This celebration is not only due the death of Kasab, but also for the information gleaned from him, pressure put on pakistan to come clean, the information leading to the arrest of Abu jundal and the information obtained from him etc etc. Kasab’s value as an attacker from Pakistan was fully realised and it was time up for him. The useful info obtained from him as already put Pak on the mat.

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  • vasan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Oh I forgot, it is also celebration time for the death of monsters and rakshasas for which we celebrate diwali. Happy Diwali to one and all.

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  • Observer
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:49PM

    RAW kills their own agent… NiceRecommend

  • Nov 21, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Kasab was hanged in a hurry to propitiate the Shiv Sena just as two girls were arrested for a Facebook post criticizing the Mumbai shut-down at Thackeray’s death to propitiate the Shiv Sena. (I have shown Indian governments are proxies for the CIA & India’s RAW participated, with Pakistan’s ISI, in the Mumbai killings). During Thackeray’s 1992 violence against Muslims that killed about a thousand, I wrote to the press criticizing it at which Thackeray said “I have no respect for intellectuals” but stopped the violence. His bravery, like other Indians’, was limited to fighting other non-white people while they continue to pay tributes to the British — an example is in Ajay Shukla’s defence blog of November 17 ’12 — who killed over ten million Indians — by guns and sword, not famines — in just ten years after 1857. Citing benefits of refrigeration and supply chains to farmers from Foreign Investment is like citing benefits from railroads East India Company will build; can’t do anything ourselves, though Indian companies are spending several tens of billions of dollars every year on buying Western companies which benefits India not at all by way of jobs or technology development and adds to the loot of India, depriving India of this investment. I repeat: India’s population is a mountain of S-H-I-T. Bal Thackeray was a particle of S-H-I-T in this mountain of S-H-I-T. See IndiasTraitorGovtAndMediaDOTblogspotDOTcom

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  • indian
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Observer: yeah right…………..we spare no one if our own blood when it comes to national security…….;)

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  • 1984
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Observer:
    But,could u tell me why TTP and LeT are expressing outrage when RAW killed “Amar Singh”….
    According to ur hero Zaid Hamid,he is neither a muslim nor a Pakistani….

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 8:02PM

    Mr Chandra, I think you need some medical attention (of the mental kind)

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  • JSM
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:04PM

    @Observer:

    Have you read the following in The Express Tribune today:

    “ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) expressed shock over the execution of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday, the lone surviving gunman of the Mumbai attacks, and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) said he was a hero and would “inspire” more attacks.

    “He was a hero and will inspire other fighters to follow his path,” the commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

    The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan expressed shock over India’s execution of the lone survivor of an attack that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai in 2008.

    “There is no doubt that it’s very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told Reuters.”

    And you say he was a RAW agent. I suggest you reconcile your information.

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  • 1984
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:21PM

    @TightPatloon:
    He’s a known case in TOI forums which he uses as a way to advertise his blogs and earn money……and u r right,he’s mental,he writes that India supplies babies to Israel who cook and eat them……
    But the TOI readers are too hardcore,they abused him so much that he is not going there nowadays

    But the greatest mystery,how come ET moderators allowed this comment to publish??? Have the previous moderators quit their job????

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  • afzaalkhan
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:51PM

    @1984

    ET moderator had been recalled to india the substitute from TOI still getting familiarized, be patient :)

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  • PaKhtoon
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:57PM

    How ignorant they are, celebrating the death of a person who wanted and love to die 4 years ago ??? ????Recommend

  • Tauheed Syed
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Indeed a job well done, Ajmal Kasaab finally met his fate what a true terrorist always deserves, but now the question arises where is the Amnesty International why they are not condemning this capital punishment which was first awarded and now finally executed in india, in a country which is indeed a very vocal champion of human rights round the world along with this global human rights watch dog, but with this execution, today India did indeed set a good and encouraging precedent and example how to deal with a terrorists and certainly made Pakistani(s) realize that they indeed made some huge mistakes when they released Indian terrorists like Kashmir Singh and Surjeet Singh in the past who while acting on behalf of Indian RAW carried out terrorists activities inside Pakistan and killed scores of innocent and unarmed Pakistani (s) and now the Pakistan government should not repeat this mistake in case of Sarabjeet Singh and should hang him publically for his heinous crimes against Pakistani Nationals in Pakistan since he is convicted for his terrorists activities in Pakistan and already awarded a death penalty against his crimes.Recommend

  • Midhat
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:28PM

    and meanwhile many Indians also celebrate Bal Thakurey as a hero and mourn his death while he is accused of inciting violence and hatecrimes and held responsible(by many Indian fractions themselves) for communal violence that resulted in over 1000 Muslim’s deathsRecommend

  • Genesis
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @Observer:
    Reverse RAW and it is WAR which everyone understands!

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  • RAW is WAR
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:17AM

    @ Genesis

    yes

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  • vasan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Tauheed Syed : Would u pl learn good English before commenting on the paper.

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  • Evil
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:19AM

    kasab was mass murderer and he could have got killed on the spot like the rest of terrorists , he was captured not to let go free but to show pakistan’s involvement in terrorist activities to the world.
    He lived in poverty in pakistan and in India he got nice food in jail , he was lucky to live this long at the expense of our tax money!!

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  • Nov 22, 2012 - 1:09PM

    The hanging of Qasab is a case of better late than never. It also sends out a strong message and warning to India’s enemies and to forces across the border remote area and unknown place that are running factories of terrorism,

    It is wrong to say,no country has such wing,all countries have such wing for operating and interference into the matter of others.

    There is no justice,injustice creates such situation,for example,vide Kashmir’s history,have been deprived them their original political rights since long.Indian leadership has taken action against them time and time again but they have failed to end freedom fighters activities .

    As Indian investigation authority or quarter’s concerened informed the media that Qasab had link to LeT.

    What is a Let,
    it is religous orgnination which support Kashmire independence provide assistance to freedom fighters in form of moral and material.Kashmiy are on right side fighting for their independence that is their fundamental and natural right.

    What says justice at this crucial stage???????????

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  • Ram
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:18PM

    No need to celebrate at some one’s death. Yes. Kasab had to die for the crime he committed in Mumbai. There ends the matter. BJP is making politics out of it as they do in other cases. BJP is devoid of leadership after ABV who wouldn’t have allowed these cheap tactics

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  • 26/11 drama
    Nov 22, 2012 - 2:28PM

    What will happen to Sarabjit Singh now?

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