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26/11 Victims' Kin, Survivors Welcome Kasab's Hanging
Expressing satisfaction over Ajmal Kasab's hanging, Eknath Omble, brother of assistant police sub-inspector Tukaram Omble who died while trying to capture the terrorist, today said he should have been executed in public.

Tukaram Omble was killed while trying to capture Kasab on the dreaded night of November 26, 2008.

"I am proud and very happy that my brother's efforts have paid off," a visibly jubilant Eknath said.

"We are very happy and satisfied. Ajmal Kasab should have been hanged in public, but I know our law does not permit this," he said.

"Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has stood by his promise that he would take decisions that would satisfy Indians," Eknath said, adding that he would like to thank President Pranab Mukherjee as well.

An unarmed Tukaram Omble was shot dead by an AK-47-wielding Kasab at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai, but not before he ensured that the terrorist was caught alive.

"The first thing that comes to my mind is what happened is good. We are happy that we have got justice," wife of a railway ticket collector, who was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, said today reacting to Pakistan terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging.

Ragini Sharma, whose husband S K Sharma was killed in the 2008 terror strike, said she would like to thank the President for rejecting Kasab's mercy plea.

"I would like to thank the President. However, it got delayed but we did get justice. I am happy that it (the hanging) was done secretly, otherwise some human rights people would have opposed it," she said.

Vishnu Zende, an announcer at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the railway station here which was one of the targets of the attack, said, "I had never thought that I would get to hear this news like this.

"I am very happy that he has been hanged. All the people who died in the terror attack have been given tribute by hanging him," Zende, who had helped save many lives by making announcements over the public address system in the station about the strike, said.

Mukesh Agrawal, who survived when the Taj Hotel in Mumbai was attacked during the 2008 carnage, said Kasab should have been hanged four years ago.

"But today what has happened is very good. It is a very good gift to the victims' families. The government has given a New Year gift," he said.

K Unnikrishnan, father of NSG commando K Unnikrishnan, who was killed in the Taj Hotel strike, said, "The way in which the execution has been done, it is a model way.

"Before anybody could react to the rejection of the mercy petition (of Kasab), everything is over. That is the thing which I cherish."

Unnikrishnan, a retired ISRO official, said, "Definitely there was a long way to go for the sense of closure...Kasab's execution is only one chapter. The perpetrators are still moving around in Pakistan and the anti-India thinking in Pakistan is too much now, it should come down."

"I am very much happy that Kasab has been hanged. But I would have been happier if this would have been done in public. It is a good news that a terrorist has been hanged... Wish this should have been done on the anniversary of the attack this year," 13-year-old Devika Rotwan, who was shot in the right leg in the terror attack, said.

Bhisham Mansukhani, who escaped the attack at the Taj Hotel, told PTI, "I am taken aback! It is surprising! I feel the death penalty is more of a political thing. I think by executing the death penalty the government is trying to earn brownie points and use this as a tool to brandish this during elections." Mansukhani was on the roof-top of the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba in south Mumbai on the dreadful night of November 26.

Dr Kuresh Zorabi, whose bakery opposite Chabad House (Nariman House) in south Mumbai, was splattered with bullet holes in the 26/11 attack, said, "It is surprising and shocking, but at the same time I am little disappointed that all this was kept secret. This is difficult to digest for a second. I am thrilled that Kasab has been hanged. This will serve as a lesson to terrorists that India can take strict action against them."

For terror attack victim Sarika Uphadyay, "It is definitely a time for celebration...It is like Diwali! We have been waiting for this since the past four years and finally it has happened. Feeling sad that this was kept as a secret."

Welcoming the hanging of Kasab, former MP Waseem Ahmed said this has sent a strong message that the country is against terrorism.

"This has sent a strong message. We welcome it. This shows India's strong resolve against terrorism," he said.

Asked if the Army has sounded a general alert in Kashmir Valley in view of the execution of Kasab, Army chief General Bikram Singh said, "we always take precautions and normal operations are on.

"We have a very comprehensive counter terrorist grid and entire area is protected and guard is up."
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