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Kasab hanging a resolute and prudent decision


(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

By C. Uday Bhaskar

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman among the perpetrators of the Nov. 26, 2008 attacks on Mumbai was executed by hanging at Pune’s Yerwada prison on Wednesday, bringing to judicial closure a high-profile case that had generated both anger and anguish in India.

It is significant that the final act was carried out just a week before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai carnage. The manner in which it was done is indicative of a certain resoluteness and prudence — traits that have eluded the Congress-led UPA government in its second tenure.

The Supreme Court had upheld the death penalty for Kasab in August and the case was expected to drag on as the mercy petition option was exercised. In an earlier column, I had opined that “Kasab is unlikely to go to the gallows in a hurry for in all likelihood, the Aug. 29 decision will be sent for appeal and a review and if rejected, the case could finally be referred to the President of India for mercy.”

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