'Kasab was intelligent, had picked up Marathi during trial'
Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged today, had during the 26/11 trial surprised the Judge, policemen and court officers with his humour and grasping power so much so that he picked up Marathi and even conversed in it with everyone around him.
His quick grasp of local language Marathi in the court had caught the attention of all those present during the 26/11 trial in the specially made court at Arthur Road prison.
"Nahin, Nahin, Taap Nahin (No, No, I don't have fever)," he had once said in Marathi in the court three years ago when the staff enquired from him whether he was unwell.
Ever since the trial began in May 2009, Kasab, a fourth standard dropout of an Urdu medium school, had been keenly observing the proceedings and picked up bits of English and even Marathi as witnesses, lawyers and the judge spoke in those languages although the evidence was recorded in English.
"Tumhi Nighun Ja (You may leave)," were the first words in Marathi which Kasab learnt as Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam would utter these to him after the court proceedings.
Image: People in Ahmedabad shouted slogans and held banners rejoicing over the execution of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday.