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Death for Kasab, justice for his victims

May 06, 2010 08:17 PM IST India India

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab on Thursday got the death sentence for killing scores of people during the Mumbai terror attacks. "Kasab has no chance to reform," said the court while sentencing him to death. Kasab's victims couldn’t agree more.

"For me, this is not the closure. The closure will come only when the masterminds are apprehended," said Sevanti Parekh, who lost his son and daughter-in-law in the attacks.

Parekh had tears in his eyes when he told CNN-IBN that Kasab's punishment “closed a chapter” for him.

“I am happy. I am sorry about this (crying) but a chapter has closed for me. The fear still keeps coming in about what would be the final fate of Kasab--these appeals and appeals, mercy petitions. I really don't know,” said Parekh.

“But I hope there is a speedy end to this, so that all those who have suffered have satisfaction that justice has been done.”

Parekh requested the government not to be “weak” and delay Kasab’s death sentence. “Let not there be empty talk, let there not be weakness, let the government show that we mean and believe that every drop of blood of every Indian citizen is precious and we will not tolerate this (terrorism) -- and it will protect every single life.”

Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karakre, the senior police officer Kasab and his associate killed, told reporters that she believed Kasab must be allowed to make his appeal to higher courts.

“We have a democracy. Even if the case goes to Supreme Court, so be it. The world must know that we have a democracy, and everyone should get a chance,” she said.

The daughter of the policeman, who helped capture Kasab before falling to the bullets of the Pakistani terrorist, her father's courage has paid off.

"My father's sacrifice has paid off," said Vaishali, 23-year-old daughter of assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Omble who held on to the barrel of the AK-47 Kasab was firing from on the night of November 26-27, 2008, and helped capture him alive.

"I am very happy that Kasab has been awarded the death sentence. He deserves it," she said soon after a special court here pronounced the capital punishment for the Pakistani.

"The Indian government should also ensure the arrest of all the accused in the attack. They should meet the same fate as Kasab," Vaishali told reporters.