The hanging of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has come at a good time for the UPA government struggling at the Centre with issues ranging from corruption allegations to a no-confidence motion threat.
The move comes a day before the start of the winter session of Parliament, where the government is expected to come under heavy attack from various quarters. And the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 attack of 2008 is less than a week away.
Though a lot of people had expressed their displeasure in the past over the delay in executing Kasab, positive reactions are flooding in from most quarters now that it has been done away with. Most reactions are appreciative of the way the government smoothly carried out the operation.
"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," tweeted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
"Better late than never. This was in order. The enemy of the country has been punished," BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
"Congratulations govt of India - for doing it so effectively. For once, the govt broke the news n not the news channels," tweeted Riteish Deshmukh, actor and son of former Maharashtra chief minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh.
Kasab was hanged at Pune´s Yerawada Jail at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning.
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told a news channel that secrecy had been maintained over Kasab´s execution because the government did not want to compromise the security situation in any way.
A total of 166 people including foreigners were killed in the attack on Mumbai in 2008.