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.