Mumbai: Mumbai: Police men and people who had fought the 26/11 terror attack on mumbai in 2008 as well as the victims of the tragedy are happy at the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday.
Railway Assistant Sub-Inspector Jillu Yadav: "I am extremely happy," said the railway police official, who had fired at Ajmal Kasab during the 26/11 attacks at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here, soon after the Bombay High Court confirmed the death penalty to the Pakistani terrorist.
"I knew that the High Court will confirm the death penalty to Kasab as he killed hundreds of people and even policemen," Railway Assistant Sub-Inspector Jillu Yadav, who was honoured with the President Police Medal besides Rs 10
lakh cash reward for his bravery, said. Yadav, who was promoted as an ASI from the post of a constable in acknowledgement of his exemplary courage, said he was sure of Kasab's outcome in the Supreme Court.
Kasab and his aide had barged into the crowded CST on the fateful night of November 26, 2008 and opened indiscriminate firing, killing over 50 persons. Hearing the bullet shots, an alert Yadav, rushed to the spot when he saw the duo gunning down commuters. Soon he saw a GRP man carrying a point 303 rifle even as some other security personnel fled the spot. He then shot at the Kasab and his aide but missed killing them.
Police constable Arun Jadhav: The only survivor in the police van ambushed by lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and his slain accomplice Abu Ismail, on Monday said that the Bombay High Court's judgement on the death penalty was on expected lines.
Jadhav, who miraculously escaped the murderous attack, in which police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar were killed, said, "The entire world was excepting death for Kasab, so my expectation was also not different."
However, unlike other victims who demand that Kasab must be hanged immediately, Jadhav said he respected the Indian judicial system which gave equal rights to every person living on the Indian soil, including Kasab. "If Kasab is not happy (with the verdict) then he can file an appeal (in the Supreme Court)," Jadhav told PTI.
Devika Natwarlal: 11-year-old Devika Natwarlal, who was injured in indiscriminate firing by Kasab at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on the night of November 26, 2008 said, "I want Kasab to be hanged in full public view."
"No other punishment other than death is acceptable to us as he has shattered our lives and happiness, Devika, who had received a bullet injury, on her right leg as a result of which she became handicapped, told PTI ahead of Bombay High
Court's verdict on Kasab and his two associates, on Monday
It is not only she who is the victim of the carnage but also her brother, Devika said. "My brother helped other victims injured in the carnage by giving them aid in hospitals and is now bed ridden," she said on Monday
"His spinal cord has gone for a toss due to this", says Natwarlal. "I am happy that Devika's deposition was commended by everyone but nobody even enquired about my son," he said.
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