Mumbai, Nov 21: As the news of execution of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab came to light, people across the country started celebrating his death. But human rights activists say that celebrating the death of Kasab shows India in a poor light. Many are asking, "Are we a bloodthirsty nation celebrating Kasab's death?"
A human rights activist on condition of anonymity said, "Government has the right to take its decision. If they thought hanging Kasab is justified then we won't question it. But celebrating his death shows India in a poor right."
Kasab was hanged till death at Yerwada jail in Pune around 7.30 am on Wednesday, Nov 21. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil confirmed the news on Wednesday morning.
People have welcomed Maharashtra government's decision to hang Kasab. According to reports, Kasab's execution is the biggest development for Mumbaikars and they now feel that after a delay of four years justice has now been done.
Mumbaikars have long clamoured for Kasab's execution after Supreme Court upheld the death verdict given to the Pakistan-based terrorist by the trial court and the Bombay High Court earlier. Many celebrated Kasab's hanging by burning his photographs.
Television reports say Mumbai's famous dabbawallas - who ferry lunch boxes to office-goers from their homes in the country's commercial capital on every working day - burnt the photographs of Kasab to celebrate the news.
The office-goers travelling in Best buses and local trains were seen congratulating each other that the country's enemy no-1 has been hanged.
Expressing his satisfaction over the apex court's verdict, Ujjwal Nikam - who functioned as a special prosecutor in the trial court and Bombay High Court during Kasab's trial in the 26/11 case - had earlier described the development as the most significant event in the country's judicial history.