Welcoming the execution of Ajmal Kasab, Congress today hoped the government would now pursue the case against the handlers in Pakistan as also expedite the decision on Parliament attack death row convict Afzal Guru.
"I welcome it. Now the government of India should pursue the case against the handlers in Pakistan. They should expedite the decision on Afzal Guru," said party general secretary Digvijay Singh
Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 26/11 terror attack, was hanged to death at the Yerawada Jail in Pune at 7.30 am.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari
said the law has taken its own course in the case.
"A dastardly terrorist act was perpetrated. An investigative process that culminated in a multi-layered fair judicial process playing itself out right upto the Supreme Court, the law has taken its own course," Tewari said.
166 persons had died in the 26/11 terror attack. Police had succeeded in capturing Kasab alive after killing the remaining nine terrorists.
Describing Kasab's execution as a "true tribute" to those killed in the 26/11 terror attack," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi
said, "There is a rule of law in the country and hence Kasab was given an opportunity to put his case before the lower court, High Court and Supreme Court."
Alvi further said, "The Supreme Court convicted him and sentenced him to death penalty. He was given opportunity to file a mercy petition which the President of India rejected."
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also raised questions about the fate of 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru.
about Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in
2001? That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years," Modi
"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," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
He also demanded that Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru be hanged
soon to send across a strong message to the terrorists and instill a
sense of fear in them.
Former speaker Somnath Chatterjee
praised the secret hanging of Kasab saying the government had taken the 'right step'.
"There might have been trouble had it (the hanging) been announced in advance," he said inaugurating a private school at Khandagosh in West Bengal's Burdwan district.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
praised the Centre and the
Maharashtra Government for successfully keeping under wraps the hanging of
In his tweet, Omar did not refrain from taking a jibe at the news television channels about the claims made for breaking the news about Kasab's hanging.
"Gotta hand it to the Governments at the centre and in Mumbai for the mature way they handled this. Shows we can still keep a secret if we need to," Omar commented on the microblogging site.
In his comment about the media, Omar said, "Now we'll watch all the channels line up to claim that they were the ones to break the news of the hanging."
Omar also questioned the American media for describing Kasab as "gunman". "So Hamas are terrorists but Kasab was a gunman. Well done American media you really call it like it is," he said sarcastically.
"One who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind", RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav
said about the hanging of Kasab.
"Law has taken its own course," Prasad told reporters here adding, Kasab has been hanged after following due procedure of law of the country.
LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan
echoing him said, the Parliament attack case too is being dealt in accordance with the existing laws of the country.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna
also welcomed the hanging of Kasab, saying people "reap what they sow".
"Bad deeds lead to bad results. We reap what we sow," the chief minister said commenting on Kasab's hanging at Pune's Yerawada central prison this morning.
Union Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah
welcomed the decision and said, "I think it is justice done long time the nation wanted. Finally the man who had entered our country and killed so many innocent people has been hanged. I am glad the President refused clemency and finally he was hanged this morning."
"I am sure many of those whose relatives had died, they must be at ease today. I think our justice system is such that it takes time, but the justice is finally done. You should be happy. He was given all the opportunities and justice was finally done," the minister added.
Yoga Guru Ramdev today alleged that the hanging of Ajmal Kasab was a move by the "corruption- ridden" Congress-led government at the Centre to gain people's sympathy.
"Steeped in corruption, the Congress-led government is trying to use Kasab's hanging as a detergent to wash off its stains. But the taint of scams will not go away so easily," the Yoga Guru told reporters here.
Ramdev said, though late, the terrorist met an end he deserved and hoped Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru would also meet the same fate.
Demanding separate courts to deal with terror cases, he said it was not justified to allow terror convicts to approach the President for clemency.
"It is a delayed but justified decision. But, it will draw counter reaction from the neighbouring country," veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar told reporters in Rohtak in Haryana.
Indians languishing in Pakistani jails were likely to lose sympathetic consideration for their release from the authorities there following the execution of Kasab, he said.