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Hang Kasab, demand families of slain cops

May 03, 2010 16:58 IST

The family of slain assistant police sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale, who caught Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab alive during the 26/11 terror attacks, expressed satisfaction with the terrorist's conviction but demanded that he should be given the death penalty.

"It is good to hear that Kasab was found guilty. We were eagerly awaiting this news since morning. He should be given the death penalty. Then only, I think, my father's sacrifice will have actual value," said an emotional Vaishali Ombale, 23-year-old daughter of the policeman.

Tukaram's cousin Namdeo Ombale said, "I knew that Kasab would be convicted as he was clearly seen killing people on the night of the terror attacks. Tuesday would be very crucial for us as the quantum of punishment in the case against Kasab would be decided and we want the court to give him the death penalty."

"Kasab should be hanged," said Smita, wife of Vijay Salaskar, who was killed by Kasab and his associate Abu Ismail.

"I expect death sentence for (Ajmal Amir) Kasab. Nothing less," Smita Salaskar told reporters.

Salaskar and two other senior police officers -- Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte -- were killed by Ismail and Kasab outside Cama hospital.

The court will on Tuesday hear arguments by the defence and prosecution on the quantum of sentence for 22-year-old Kasab, who was captured alive from the Girgaum-Chowpatty police barricade, after he and Ismail had killed several people at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in and outside Cama Hospital and at the Metro Junction.

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