It’s closure for Cama and Albless Hospital staff
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The news of Ajmal Kasab's hanging was a bittersweet moment of jubilation for not just the family of the victims who were killed on that fateful November night, but also the employees of the Cama and Albless Hospital, who were attending to patients at that time. Though a part of the sixth floor of the hospital has been refurbished and will be soon used as a pathology lab, the doors of the two elevators which lead to the floor still bear the bullet marks from four years ago.
"Kasab walked in with his accomplice fearlessly, loaded with ammunition. There were around 150 people in the hospital at that time. We begged them to not fire as the patients were women and children. They grabbed mobile phones of some of the relatives," recalls security guard Rahu Saheb Phunde (55).
Seven people were killed inside the hospital. "After his arrest, I saw him at Arthur Road jail. He showed no remorse. I am happy that he has been hanged. It is the biggest moment of vindication for the victims and their families," Phunde said.
Meanwhile, the hanging has come as a closure for the Waghelas, who live behind the Cama Hospital. On the night of the attack, Kasab had entered their home. After drinking a glass of water offered by 32-year-old Thakur Waghela, who was a sweeper at GT Hospital, Kasab shot Thakur and walked away. Thakur's retired father, Buddhabhai Waghela is relieved that his son's murderer has been hanged.
"I was very happy to see the news in the morning. Kasab deserved it," said Buddhabhai. Thakur's brother, Bharat (32), who was also present when his brother was shot, echoes his father's sentiments. "This is a great day for us. It has, however, come too late. Four years is a long time. He should have been hanged long ago," said Bharat.