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Ajmal Kasab executed like Bhagat Singh: Ramdev

Nov 24, 2012 01:18 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Yoga expert Ramdev is in the spotlight again after he made a statement comparing the hanging of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab with that of freedom movement revolutionary Bhagat Singh's execution.

"The government, in order to regain the confidence of the people hanged Kasab," said Ramdev, continuing, "It has made him a hero. It hanged him in secrecy the way Bhagat Singh was hanged. Kasab should have been hanged in public."

The statement, however, has been slammed by political parties. The BJP said that caution must be exercised when comparing two people. Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "I think that we should be cautious while comparing anyone with anyone else. I don' think that this is a good comparison and this should be avoided."

Ajmal Kasab was executed at 7.30 am on Wednesday, November 21, at Yerwada Central Prison in Pune in what was a top secret intelligence operation. Kasab was the lone terrorist captured alive from the 26/11 Mumbai carnage that left 166 people dead and over 200 injured.

Kasab was buried in the jail complex itself after Pakistan refused to claim the body. Pakistan has been maintaining that Kasab is not its citizen. However, after reports of Kasab's execution emerged, sources in Islamabad said that it wouldn't deny its repercussions on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's mercy plea.