Sena: why this “fond treatment” to Kasab?
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Saturday made a renewed call for hanging the Mumbai gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab’.
While crores were spent on the 26/11 trial, the recently released report absolving the police force of any blame and the media’s obsession with Ajmal were making a mockery of the sacrifice of the martyrs and the plight of the victims of the terror attacks, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement here.
The former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who resigned in the aftermath of the attacks, was rewarded with a berth in the Union Cabinet. This was like rubbing salt into the wounds of the bereaved people, the statement said.
“Why is Kasab being treated so fondly? By giving him defence, the government is mocking at the victims and the martyrs of the attacks. Lakhs of rupees are being spent on Kasab.”
It was the citizens who had to bear the cost of the Rs. 2-crore tunnel connecting his Arthur Road jail cell and the special court, a Rs. 6-crore van and the fees for his lawyer. But there were bureaucratic delays in providing high-end weapons to the police, whose officers were dying in naxal attacks, the statement said.
A Sena delegation would soon meet President Pratibha Patil with the demand for hanging of Ajmal and Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the Parliament attack case, Mr. Thackeray said.