Aug 302012

"Ajmal Amir Kasab Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist"New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict upholding the death sentence awarded to Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 attacks case, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) spokespersonMukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday demanded that the Pakistani terrorist should be hanged without delay.

“No leniency should be shown against this kind of a terrorist. They have tried to destroy the peace of the nation, so he (Kasab) should be hanged as soon as possible,” he said.

In a sarcastic remark, Naqvi said, “Kasab should be hanged without delay…enough of biryani for him.”

“Those who wage war against the country and kill innocents deserve no mercy,” he added.

While taking a jibe at UPA government for not taking action against Kasab, Naqvi also used an Urdu couplet: “Tu Daria Mein Toofan Kya Dekhta Hai, Khuda Mein Nigehbaan Kya Dekhta Hai, Tu Haakim Bana Hai Toh Insaf Bhi Kar, Tu Hindu Musalman Kya Dekhta Hai.” (He asked the UPA Government not to differentiate between Hindu or Muslim while delivering justice.)

The apex court, earlier in the day, upheld the death sentence of Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad dismissed the plea of 25-year-old Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

The bench also observed that the failure of government to provide him an advocate at the pre-trial stage did not vitiate trial court proceedings against him.

It also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he retracted during trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion.

Kasab, who is lodged in Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, had filed the appeal from jail challenging his conviction and death sentence.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae to argue on behalf of Kasab.

Kasab, during the argument in the apex court, had contended that he was not given a free and fair trial and that he was not the part of any larger conspiracy for waging war against India. (ANI)

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