Mumbai attack victims demand capital punishment for Kasab

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Kakra Dubawal (Uttar Pradesh), May 5 (ANI): Family members of Phool Chand, the Mumbai taxi driver who was shot dead by the 26/11 attackers after they hired his cab to reach their targets, have said Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist must be given capital punishment.

Phool Chand's vehicle was commandeered by the attackers after they entered Mumbai through the Arabian Sea on reaching their destination, they shot him dead.

"I would be satisfied only when the man who has killed my husband would be hanged," said Sanju Devi, Phool Chand's widow.

"We are satisfied to a certain extent, but we will be completely satisfied only when he will be given a death sentence and we will hear that he is dead," said Subhash Prajapati, his brother.

Mumbai Special Court has fixed May 6 as the day to announce the quantum of punishment on Kasab.

Earlier, Mumbai Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had formally demanded the death penalty for Kasab. Nikam said that Kasab wanted to inspire others to take part in fidayeen or suicide attacks.

He also called Kasab a killing machine manufactured in Pakistan.

On Monday, it pronounced a verdict in a courtroom at the Arthur Road Jail here. Judge M L Tahiliyani declared Kasab guilty of all 86 charges filed against him.

The charges against Kasab include waging war against India, murder, abetting to murder, attempt to murder, violation of the Arms Act, Explosives Act, the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA) and others.

However, in an unexpected move, the court found two Indian co-accused-Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed - not guilty and said they must be acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence.

For the first time in Indian judicial history, it was established in a court of law that Pakistan was involved in an act of terrorism and of waging war against India.

The court also said the DNA test conducted on the seven dead terrorists matched prints collected from the boat 'Kuber'.

It said the evidence proved that Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte had died of a bullet fired by terrorist Abu Ismail, while it was not established who killed Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare and encounter specialist Inspector Vijay Saluskar.

The trial, perhaps the fastest in a terror case in India, commenced on May 8, 2009.

Kasab along with nine other terrorists, who were killed during the gun battle with security forces in Mumbai have been charged with killing 166 people, including 25 foreigners. (ANI)

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