PFI questions ‘hastiness’ in Kasab hanging

Reacting to the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, right wing Popular Front of India's mouthpiece Thejas on Friday said that populist action would weaken democracy.

In an editorial titled, 'Gallows for Ajmal Kasab', Thejas said the unusual hastiness shown by the ruling machinery in hanging Kasab was mysterious. The edit said it was accidental that Kasab was buried in a jail which was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, the symbol of ahimsa. The secretly and hastily carried out death gives a clear message that the country would blindly take action with regard to terrorism.

The editorial said the book, Who killed Karkare: The real face of terrorism in India, has said Kasab had no role in the Mumbai terror attack and after being handed over to the Indian intelligence agencies in Nepal, he was put into the case.

"We can forget the references in that book about the circumstances that led to the death of Karkare, who had found the role of Hindutva forces behind terror strikes in the country. However, the unusual hastiness shown by the ruling machinery in hanging Kasab was mysterious," it said. ... If some persons suspect this rashness was a move to counter the campaign of Hindutva forces in the ensuing Assembly elections, they could not be blamed...Sources concerned should not forget the fact that such populist actions would weaken Indian democracy, said the editorial.

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