Not closure of 26/11 yet: Former Pune police chief

"We should never forget or forgive," said Jayant Umranikar, retired IPS officer and former Pune Police Commissioner commenting on the execution of Ajmal Kasab. Cautioning that it is not the closure of 26/11, and reminding that Kasab was just a 'pawn' he said it was time to bring to justice the real architects of the 26/11 attacks.

Stating this was not the time to pat our backs, he said, "Let's not forget we still do not have enough bulletproof jackets."

"This is not the time for complacency or getting into a self-congratulatory mode. Execution of Kasab is just one of the acts in response to 26/11. But let us not forget this is not the closure of 26/11. The Mumbai attacks were a defining moment for India and the real generals and the architects of the attack are sitting untouched in Pakistan. They need to be brought to justice," he said.

Umranikar added the trail also points at a need to evolve a more efficient criminal justice system to deal with trial of terrorists and special cases. "Look at the time taken to execute Indira Gandhi's assassins. The culprits of the 1993 blasts or for that matter the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi are still to be executed. I believe if those behind the 1993 blasts had been prosecuted properly, 26/11 would not have taken place. At this point, people of this country should keep up the pressure on the government to ensure the real handlers of 'pawns' like Kasab are brought to justice," he said.

Umranikar feels the secrecy behind Kasab's execution was needed to avoid international pressure the country could have faced to nor carry out the execution especially after voting against abolition of capital punishment in the UN just a day prior to the execution. "There could have been international pressure from human rights associations to 'not execute' Kasab. However, Kasab's execution combined with India's stand to not abolish capital punishment sent a strong message to the world that terrorism will not be tolerated in India. This is appreciable," he added.

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