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It seemed like a typical Wednesday, at least till the morning calm was shattered by the din of television channels announcing the execution of perhaps India’s most hated villain — Mohammad Ajmal Kasab.
On the morning of Nov. 21, India hanged Kasab, the only surviving member of a militant squad that attacked Mumbai in 2008. His hanging, just days before the fourth anniversary of the attacks, was done amid great secrecy, perhaps fearing a violent backlash.
Kasab’s death brings a sense of closure for the victims and survivors of the attacks and will certainly be a boost for the Congress-led coalition. At least, one chapter of this gruesome attack which happened while they were in power is now closed.
After a lengthy trial and spending at least 260 million rupees of taxpayer’s money on Kasab’s upkeep, his execution had been imminent.