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Hang Ajmal at the Gateway: Slain constable's daughter

Hang Ajmal at the Gateway: Slain constable's daughter

Author: PTI
Publication: DNA (Daily News & Analysis)
Date: January 9, 2009
URL: http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1220121

Mohammad Ajmal Amir, the lone surviving terrorist of the Mumbai carnage, should be hanged at the Gateway of India to pay a "real tribute" to those killed while saving lives during the attacks, the daughter of a slain constable has demanded.

"It would be insulting to our martyrs if Ajmal is let off on humanitarian grounds without any punishment," Vaishali, daughter of Tukaram Ombale, who was killed during the terror siege, said in an interview to Shiv Sena newspaper Saamna on Friday. "Why should he not get punished while my father died fighting Ajmal without thinking about the family?"

Vaishali rubbished the argument about Ajmal being young and hence deserving of a second chance. She said the terrorists had killed nearly 200 innocent people, including 16 policemen.

"In fact, not punishing Ajmal would encourage terrorist organisations to send even younger ones in the age bracket of 15-16 years with guns to kill more Hindus," she said.

In Thursday's Saamna editorial, Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray had criticised Kavita, wife of slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare, and their daughter for suggesting that Ajmal be let off on humanitarian grounds. Thackeray said the country did not share their view.

The families of those killed in the terror strikes want Ajmal to be hanged, he said, adding that only the Karkares had adopted a humanitarian approach to prove that they are "different".

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