Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai in 2008, has been hanged in Yerwada Jail in Pune on Wednesday morning. Here are some reactions from political figures on the hanging:
Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs:
Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab's body. The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the Maharashtra government Nov 8 and it was finalised on that day that Kasab would be hanged Nov 21 at 7.30 a.m.
On being asked why secrecy was maintained, Shinde said: "Such matters have to be kept secret but as I had said earlier that we will do the needful whenever we get the papers (from the president) and we have done it."
Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs:
Frankly speaking, we have allowed rule of law to prevail (in the case of Ajmal Kasab). Similarly we hope rule of law will be followed in Pakistan. There is not vast difference between the criminal procedures in India and Pakistan.
Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra Chief Minister:
Kasab has been buried inside the Yerwada Jail. He refused a will.
R R Patil, Maharashtra Home Minister:
This was an attack on our country. Many of our citizens were killed, including our brave officers. This is a tribute to all the innocent people and police officers who lost their lives in the heinous attack on our nation.
Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister:
Omar Abdullah tweeted: Gotta hand it to the Govts at the centre & in Mumbai for the mature way they handled this. Shows we can still keep a secret if we need to.
Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister:
Narendra Modi tweeted this message: What about Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001? That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years.
Digvijaya Singh, Senior Congress leader:
Digvijaya's tweet: Finally Kasab hanged. GOI should pursue the case of the Handlers in Pakistan. Afzal Guru's case should also be expidited now.
Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP spokesperson :
Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handler's across the border are brought to justice.
Milind Deora, Minister of State for Information Technology:
Milind Deora tweeted: So much for the right-wing sponsored "Congress is soft on terror" debate! The Government's actions make me a prouder Indian.
Venu Rajamony, President's press secretary:
The president had rejected the mercy petition of Kasab a few weeks back. I can't give you the exact date.
Ujjwal Nikam, Special public prosecutor:
It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives.By Kasab's conviction and death penalty, we have proved how the entire conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan. We have set an example that India will not tolerate such attacks and the accused will be brought to justice.