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Any terrorist will meet Kasab’s fate: Moily
New Delhi, May 6 (IANS):
Published on 7 May. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily Thursday said the death sentence to Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab would send a message to any terrorist who comes to India that they would meet the same fate.
“Justice has been done to the nation. It’s a welcome decision,” Moily told reporters outside the parliament.
He said Kasab, who along with nine Pakistani gunmen carried out an audacious attack in Mumbai Nov 26-29, 2008, killing 166 people, had waged war against the country.
“..they have brutally murdered our outstanding police officers who were defending our country,” he said.
“He deserves more than this. The decision sends the right message to all the terrorists who land in India (that they) will meet the same condition,” he added.
In a stern message to Pakistan, Moily said: “Pakistan cannot meddle with lives and property of India. Any terrorist encouraged by Pakistan will meet the same end as Kasab has.”
On Thursday, a special court in Mumbai awarded death sentence to Kasab. He was also awarded life term on five counts of the total 86 charges.
The Pakistani was convicted Monday on 86 counts, including waging war on the state. Twenty other Pakistanis, including Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders Hafez Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Abu Hamza, were also convicted for their involvement.
Rights activists oppose death penalty
Even as many hailed the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab for 26/11, rights activists said that capital punishment does not solve any problem.
Moushumi Basu, secretary of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), said: “In principle, we have always opposed death penalties - so be it Kasab or Koli (accused in the Nithari murder case). Our opinion is the same. “The state has no right to take a person’s life. Many countries have banned death penalty. Death sentences don’t offer any solution to any problem,” Basu told IANS.
Kasab, the lone gunman captured during the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to death by a special court which ruled that he did not have any right to live. Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties said PUCL had always been against death sentences and Kasab’s case was no different.
“Life imprisonment is a very harsh punishment and should be given to someone who has committed a heinous crime. It should have been done in this case too. We are committed in our stand against death penalty,” Srivastava told IANS.
“There are more than 130 countries where death penalty is banned. So why is it not done in India?” she asked. The last execution in the country took place in August 2004 when then president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dismissed the mercy petition of Dhananjoy Chatterjee who was executed for the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Kolkata in March 1990.
International rights group Amnesty International had, in association with NGOs, launched a campaign against death penalty after Chatterjee’s execution.
In an open letter to Home Minister P. Chidambaram this year, Amnesty sought more information on the issue.
The UN has repeatedly called upon member states that retain the death penalty to be transparent about the application of this punishment, it said.
“The promotion of such a debate constitutes the first and important step towards the establishment of a moratorium on execution and eventual abolition of the death penalty in India,” it added.

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