Congress, RSS hail execution

A senior Congress leader and Union Minister from Tamil Nadu, besides the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, were among the first to approve of Ajmal Kasab’s hanging.

Union Shipping Minister and Congress leader G K Vasan, in a brief reaction to Ajmal Kasab’s hanging, said: “The law has taken its course. It is welcome.”

His reaction holds significance as the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee has been demanding that the law should be allowed to take its course with respect to three persons sentenced to death for assassinating former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan are now lodged in the Vellore prison. The Madras High Court stayed their execution on August 30, 2011, and their petitions seeking to be freed are now before the Supreme Court.

Four others in Tamil Nadu are facing death penalty, including the three sentenced in the Dharmapuri bus burning case. Three women students of the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University died as their bus was torched by Nedunchezhian, Madhu alias Ravichandran and Muniyappanafter. Their mercy pleas are pending.    

In a statement on Kasab’s execution, Manmohan Vaidya of the RSS said: “The government’s decision to execute Kasab is welcome. The Government of India should also expedite the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order to hang Afzal Guru, who masterminded the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001.”

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