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Monday, June 7, 2010

Edition 22: Kasab Case still Open

The Case Is Still Open…
As was widely expected, Muhammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone alive terrorist who descended in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008, was sentenced to death by sessions judge M L Tahaliyani. The whole nation was seen celebrating the verdict with firecrackers, garlands and sweets. This could be seen as a very cruel thing in other circumstances but in this case, the jubilation was seen as the only thing obvious. Perhaps it was our sense of justice or vengeance behind the act.

After the word was out, voices were raised to hang the ‘killing machine,’ as Kasab was described by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, without any delay. Surely, not a single nation lover person will want Kasab to emerge as the next Afzal Guru, who is enjoying his stay in the safe custody of jail premise even almost two years of pronouncement of hanging.

Now the question arises, was this celebration in place for the occasion? It has been almost three months that a bomb ripped through the German Bakery in Pune, which was considered to be one of the safest places in India. Given its strategic positioning and heavy presence of military organizations, the Pune always stood as a safe and sound city. But that concept was shaken inside out on the evening of Feb 13, 2010.

It will be better before absorbing ourselves in the sound of crackers and taste of sweets that the Indian police lost three prominent officers in the ‘low intensity conflict’ of that fateful night. It was a constable from the Mumbai police who grabbed Kasab and shed his life to stop the guy from taking more innocent lives.

Kasab was only a pawn, as has been said quite a number of times. But the operatives who supported are still in active in the country. Merely hanging Kasab will not get us rid of these forces. Quite to the contrary, these factories which had been in a go-slow mode for some time now are once again going full steam in manufacturing murderers. It is not going to be enough to stop the operation of jihad factories operating in Pakistan. For example, On the very day Kasab was pronounced guilty, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba cell was unearthed in Kashmir. Not only is LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed openly addressing rallies in Lahore and other parts of Pakistan, LeT commander in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Abdul Wahid Kashmiri had been addressing rallies of jihadi groups in PoK, threatening jihad against India and rest of the world.

Even this week, the main accused of the bomb scare in Time Square was found to have links with Pakistan. The US authorities are still investigating the case. If this is the case, the need is to be alert. We should not let the elation take us over resulting in the neglect of our duty. One Kasab might be hanged, but that does not make us any safer!

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