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'Hang the terrorists who are in jail'
Nightmare of Flight 814, Message Board. Views verbatim, edited lightly.
Message:This has been a very sad chapter in Indian aviation security history.
But there are reports, even today, of scurity being lax in major airports including Bagdogra, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.
When will the security authorities wake up to these problems? Our adminstrative machinery seems to be unable to rise to the challenge. If this crisis wakes up Rip van Winkle the nation would be grateful.
So far as the hijacking itself is concerned several questions remain. Why was security lax in Kathmandu? Why did the plane not land in Lucknow? Why was the plane not stopped in Amritsar? There was no time to put a truck in front of the plane but, surely,
it was possible to puncture the plane' tyres.
Once the plane landed in Kandahar our backs were against the wall. The Taleban is not exactly known for excessive kindness to humanity. Why did they not storm the plane or why could they not be
persuaded to let our own commandos storm the plane?
Even now, much can be done if we eschew adhocism ask hard questions and answer them honestly and plan accordingly. But my fear is we do not
learn from our mistakes.
The release of 3 terrorists in exchange of the passengers is inevitable.The government has got no other go.But what I think was the government realised very late.If it had reacted,the very same day,the hijackers broke their silence,with the exchange of Moulana Masood Azhar,the entire drama would have come to an end.
A formal & through enquiry should be setup for the Amritsar lapse .
Atleast now,the govt. should keenly watch the movements of the released hijackers and security should be beefedup in all the airports to avoid any further mishaps in future.
Message:We are a nation of cowards...on the cricket pitch or when battling terrorists....In the future if there is war, do we want our soldiers wives and children to rush to the PMs house pleading for their husbands/ fathers lives?????
Message:The Government has shown itself to be weak-kneed.If it not allowed its collective nerve to snap, we would have got both: the release of hostages and continued retention of the terrorists whose release the hijackers were seeking.
Aftre all, Taliban could not just afford to get its doorsteps bloodied at this particular juncture. As for its threats to drive the plane out, well, they were empty. Where could the plane be taken? Who would have accepted it? Ultimately, whether through a commando raid or otherwise, they would have had to prevail on the hijackers.
But the Govt. just chickened out. And now it is whining away and begging others to declare Pakistan a rogue state! Both our national interest and our national honour have been dealt a near-mortal blow.
Message:It is quite easy to say that govt should not have released the Terrorists but if we did it for minister's daughter(mufti mhdm sayyed) we have to do it all the time...
We should all blame VP Singh for this.
Bjp govt acted perfectly well.
Now we have to make sure that insurgency in Kashmir does not rise...Indias fate is not so cheap as brainless congressmen are pointing out. They oppose every decision as they have to. They would have cried equally loud if terrorist were not released.
Message:Do not think so. The problem is we have lot of tolerence capacity. This may be the best the govt. could do given the logistics. But if we learn about ourselves with this episode; if this rouses new determination in us; if our security forces capture more militants, I think this would make a positive impact for India.
Message:Whatever, the Indian has done is the right thing. To avoid situations like this Indian government
has take some stern actions.
Hang to death the remaining terrorists who have been jailed at present. They are not paying anything
for whatever they are eating daily.
This will reduce plenty of unnecessary expenditure on these terrorists.
Message:Why could not our army break the emergency outlets and get in to basically capture the flight instead of giving up this way ?
Message:Why is the Indian Government keeping the millitants alive for so many years after they are caught? We should simply forget the word 'humanitarian approach' while dealing with millitants. They should be simply terminated without having any court trial which takes more than one week. Had this been previously done, there would not have been any hijacking so as to demand relase of millitants.
Message:Another blunder as far as crisis management is
concerned.We have to be ready for any eventuality and
giving excuses like " flight 814 took off in a hurry from Amritsar"
should not be tolerated.Acting tough has to be the order of the day.
I feel we had no option but to release the terrorists when our aircraft was in
Afghanistan. But we should have RAW follow them and shoot them down as soon as the relief flight
entered indian airspace, with the passengers.Terrorism has no limits so should be reponded to accordingly.
Kashmir insurgency shall suffer, without a doubt. We have again shown to the world that we are a bunch of
unplanned, unprofessional billion indians who have nothing in their control.
Message:At the outset, we are very glad that the hostages have come out alive. But it is high time that the Government wakes up and acts quickly on protecting the
Fundamental issues that is guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Government handled the initial phase of the hijacking in a sloppy manner, which made the latter phase difficult and uncontrollable. Nevertheless, the incident has exposed the governance (or non-governance) in a number of ways.
First, the security of individuals in general and particularly the vigilance
at airports is too inadequate. The IA officials clearly should
have reinforced security by taking it all by themselves(by simply having a person at the
aircraft gates to screen the passengers) instead
of squarely blaming on someone else especially when it is well known that
Kathmandu is a haven for anti-national activities including drug smuggling. Privatisation of IA might make the people more accountable and hence more responsive to the situation, leaving aside beauracratic concerns.
Secondly, it is apparent that no one from the Government wants to
take up responsibility in despatching the commandos promptly at Amritsar.
They definitely would have been successful in thwarting the attempt made by the
terrorists. Agreed that a few innocent people would have lost their lives, but that is good
for a noble cause. It is important how a person dies rather than how many. Instead, we now
have our nation's prestige at stake. I am not sure how many innocent lives are at the mercy
of terrorists now that they have got an upper hand.
Third, the incident exposes our lack of any influence in international relations(including
with the UN). Sure almost every country condemned the hijack but then nobody came to our
rescue. On the contrary, we had succumbed to the Taliban's hidden motives. It is a matter of
disgust that at the end of all that agony and trauma for the passengers, the anxiety of our
countrymen and the Government, we had to "hand over" the hijackers to the Taliban even
without even getting to know about their true identities or wherabouts. I am shocked and
surprised how a handful of terrorists can hold the whole country at ransom!
Fourth, our Government should act at lightning speed to resolve terrorist cases. It should not give breathing time for the militants to revolt and get their leaders "released". At the same time the system will appear fair and just so prisoners are not held unnecessarily.
The Government cornered itself into submission by indecision, inaction and procrastination
and exposed the helplessness of the Crisis management team. I hope in the immediate future,
the Government is responsive and learns from this mistake by owning up the responsibility
and continuing its full term in office and repair the damage that is done and salvage our
lost pride. We are a great nation!
The Government should take up steps to strengthen its intelligence with enough powers to
make it a line function instead of the staff function that it currently appears to be. Also
it should take proactive steps to boost the morale of the army and security forces at the
border since they should not be led into believing that a terrorist caught will anyway end
up in a free release during at a later point of time. Next the pilots should be made to handle the crises better. The pilot should have made a minor technical snag deliberately so that it ends up stranded at Amritsar or at Dubai.
Message:My view on hijaking of
Flight no 814 Airbus on December 24 1999, shows indecent act and Shameless act of forgien country who dislike INDIA and INDIANS.
I think _,... and _ counties are involved in this Hijaking , if it is true The citizens of that counties should feel for this shamefull act. Their Relegion it self will give right and best gift, Iam think it so because only right will pay for wrong.
INDIA's recation on this hijaking is only fair, we all know that the Hijakers will not kill any one else b'cause more they do failure their act. But, The release of that
Harkat-ul Ansa , Maulana Masood Azhar made not only that 161 passanger but also the 940 million INDIANS, and infinty other contry men,women,children and _ and _ to celebrate the new Millienum with joy. So i Vote for INDIA's Best action and feel.
Let's pray for best new year in dark to get best day.
Message:INDIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULN'T RELY ON THE OPENION OE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.INDIA SHOULD ATTCK ON MILITANTS &
THEY SHOULD BE HANG TILL DETH IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF
Message:It is sad that innocent people had to bear with such an ordeal. Although declaration or otherwise of Pakistan as a terrorist state may or may not help to bring it to task, the question to be asked is of every Indian. Are we doing our duties properly ? Aren't we ourselves to blame for the lapse of security,lack of awareness about security lapses, trying to find out easy ways out of the legal machinery, etc. ? Even if Pakistan is declared as such, will it stop Indians from believing in corrupt practices and corrupt people? Let us look into ourselves rather than looking out for solutions. Nevertheless, our defence forces are capable enough to teach a lesson to Pakistan if they play any more pranks.
Why do we need to ask the international community for "help". It is like saying "papa papa he is troubling me". What a shame. How come we became such cowards.
Message:We should try all the militants, caught in Kashmer,Assam and other places including Mumbai and Delhi,in MIlitary courts and pass sentences depending on their crimes.In civilian courts it takes abnormally long period for the cases to end because of manipulation by Lawers.
Message:It was pathetic decision taken by Indian Government as if we don't have people to solve this problem with smooth manner. You may not believe but it true that when I got that information, actually I was not in the mood to continue work. But, In another side I was happy that we got all the hostage without any problem!
Message:I feel that terrorist's who are caught should be killed in encounters so that their will be no drama's made in release of terrorist's and no security threats,no feeding them in jails and no more loss of lifes.
Any way pakistan does not accept that caught terrorist is a pakistani national,so better kill him.
Message:I THINK IT'S STUPID (PARDON MOI) TO ASK SUCH A QUESTION.IT IS OBVIOUS AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT BUT STILL NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT(INCLUDING MOI).
Message:tell ya what ...these hooligans were sons of the soil of pakistan ..and beleive me they will surface once again .
pakistan shud be isolated from the world comunity immediately. they have unleashed another terror times..
Message:Without sufficient evidence there can be no grounds. India would do well to take a tough stance and stop crying and whinning about Pakistan. It has to take firm retaliatory action with any terrorists whether Kashmiri, Muslim or whatever. We have to be prepared for some sacrifices. Despite all our resources and intellligence,we come out to be rather soft, and stupid in world view. We should cut off all ties with Pakistan, they are playing with us ! we are reacting like dumb fools to all their provocations ! We have to act firmly and decisively and not react all the time !
Name:Shrikant S. Prabhu
Message:I do believe that all the terrorist activities going on in several Indian states is no thank's to pakistan and it's official terrorist organisation (IsI). It is clear for us Indians to see pakistans hand in the hijacking that the US and others can't see untill their own people are targeted and blown up like in the World Trade Center bombing.pakistan & it's entire gang will solely be responsible for their own destruction.
Message:Every one knows that Pakistan is the "Third Party" behing these Hijack. Why should India urge USA to declare Pakistan as a terrorist State knowing that always USA has a blind Eye towards Pakistan. Why cant we Complain to UN council?.
Message:One thing is for sure is that India is not trying to shoot in the dark to deflect domestic criticism. If one looks at the development at various stages, it is clear that Pakistan is involved in the every stage of the hijacking and should be declared a rogue state.
Message:India should fight to declair pakistan
as a terrorist state.
There is enough evidence from this
recent hijacking and Kargil.
The terrorists should be brutally
killed when they are arrested
. No human rights are valid
for such in human persons, who
do not have any feelings for the
well being of man kindd.
This include a few Indian politicians
also, who for just there
personel sake are ruining the
Even they are the polished
shameless creatures, spoiling the
Message:Pakistan will never be decl
a rogue state because the
bigger rogue state USA is a
coward. Today war is fought
in terms of economic gains.
If a Chinese Flight had been
hijacked, US might have
considered it. US has a great
hand in the hijacking indirectly. They created the
Taliban, through Pakistan.
They armed Pakistan. They
kissed and carassed them. Now
declaring them a rogue state
is no advantage to the US,
especially when a poor
country like India Demands it!
I AND EVERYBODY BELEIVES IT AS A TERRORIST STATE....
WHY NOT IT HAS NOT BEEN DECLARED YET....IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG LONG BEFORE..
Message:people cann't vanish.defintely it is a preplanned hijacking by pakistan. since pakistan has no morality (country formed based on hatred and division along communal lines) it can stoop down to any level and create anykind of mayhem. first let india itself declare pakistan as rogue state and then urge other countries to follow the suit.
Message:Yes, Definitely Pak is land of Terrorist. Even prior to this Hijack incident. Even after not having stamina to fight with India, they are trying to do it, very bad. If India declares a war with Pak, the entire Pak land will be washed out. They should understand their capacity and behave accordingly.Which will save innocent people's life of Pak.
We love India.
We hate Pak.
Name:Rajeev C Batra
Message:Pakistan is a rogue state. They should be blasted with nukes. The released militants r freely roaming in Pakistan.
Message:As an Indian I think Pakistan has been a rogue state from the days of Jinnah. But looking from the other side of the world I firmly believe that Indian intelligence agencies have to show some concrete proof of Pakistan's involvement. United States is another big rogue country which never gave a second thought or asked more evindence when it brandished Libya & Iran as rogue states. I think it requires bombing of American establishments by these Pak sponsored terrorists to have them recongnized by US as valid terrorist outfits. I feel sorry for the passengers of the ill-fated plane and Mr. Rupin Katyal. I pray for the day when India comes out of Discussions rooms to deliver some Action. Lets be agressive. Learn from Israel. A smaller country that has so bravely fought terrorism against the most deadliest organizations.
Message:Arrange your house before blaming others.
The security at most airports is now taken over by local police who bow down under local pressures and let local bigwigs and ministers with chamcha's inside the departure and arrival terminals(as in Goa).
Unless armed forces personnel are posted at these positions the nightmare's of flight 814 will be soon reported or we will have airports blowing up.
Message:India should take this to International court and provide clear evidences. At the same time India needs to spread the news among people in the world especially US people, instead of just pressing US Government. India have to work in such a way that US Government is forced to declare Pakistan as a rouge state.
Message:The whole hijacking episode, in spite of the safe return of the hostages, has left a very bad taste
in the average Indian's mouth. And I include the relatives of the passengers as well. Why? Here's why.
The BJP started off on the right track by saying that it would not buckle down to terrorism.
And we all thought - Ah, what a refreshing change. But then, what did we ultimately do? Exactly
what V P Singh did in 1989. And we all know what the consequences of that action are. We are
still paying the price for that. The issue here is more deep-rooted than it seems. When we talk
about nationalistic pride, the country that we should strive to emulate is Israel. Would Israel
need the US help to fight it's battles? it gets i without asking for it. Why? it has demonsrtated
that it can fight it's own battles, and fight it well, without anyone's help. And what does India do?
Appeal to the US to declare Pakistan a terrorist state. Tell me - Do I care? The answer is a
resounding NO. When the US says something against India, the politicians go on record stating
that we do not need their opinion. Then why do we need it now for Pakistan?
Its about time India tried to shake off it's bureaucratic lethargy and sent a message to all
concerned that we will not just turn over and play dead. its time to make some hard decisions.
The Israeli raid on their aircraft at Entebbe left four civilians dead but it also did something
else - It sent out a message that they cannot be pushed around. And the hard fact is that India
has been pushed around time and again and the most disheartening part is that there seems to be no
chance or signs of that changing. But hey, utopia is only in one's mind, right?
In a vein bid to save face our country insted of having of having takne fast decision to detain the plane at Amritsar are only trying to convince our people as though they have acheived something superior. These shows the sheer incompetence of our politicians.
Message:It is always the Indian politicians idea to deflect domestic criticism by pointing at the convenient foreign hand. India should stop this act once for all and work out real plans to live in peace and harmony.
Message:i think pakistan was surely involved in the hijacking and INDIA has evidences for this.
Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state.
Message:I am very much with all the passengers and crew of the hijacked plane but in the corner of my heart it hurts that the relatives of these passengers unneccasrily created pressure on the Indian Govt. They shoul dhave waited for some more time and let the plane take off from Afganistan since that was not our territory.
We had given such a tough stand at the time of Kargil conflict where the civilians always supported the families of the Kargil Matyrs but they failed when their turn came.
Hence I don't know about others but my brother and me have vowed to never give up to the terrorist even if we are one of the passengers who have been hijaked, we will fight till death but shall never give up.
Message:I decided that I'll take a resolution. I am not going down into the earth without kicking atleast one terrorist in India.
INDIAN GOVT. SHOULD NOT HAVE BOWED DOWN TO THE PRESSURE OF THE HIJACKERS.
YES! I DO AGREE THAT LIFE OF OVER 150 PASSANGERS WERE IN QUESTION, BUT WHO HAS THE RECORD OF THE UNCOUNTED LIVES THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SACRIFICED BEFORE THE CAPTURE OF THE 3 MILLITANTS?
JUST BECASUE, THEY WERE EITHER SOLDIERS OR POLICEMEN, SO NO ONE NOTICED OF THEIR SACRIFICES. BUT BEACUSE THESE PASSENGERS WERE CIVILLIANS, THUS THEIR LIVES CAME INTO QUESTION.
I BELIEVE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS COWARD AND INDIANS ARE SHAMELESS AND SPINELESS.
THEY ARE LIKE EMPTY VESSELS WHO SOUND MUCH.
NO WONDER SOMEONE HAS SAID THAT INDIANS ARE BORN TO BE RULED AND SLAVED BY OTHERS.
ANY ONE DISPUTES? LET ME HAVE THE FEED BACK.
Message:Govt should not have handed over the terrorists. It would would have been better to risk the lives of 155 passengers.
This soft stand clearly indicates that blackmailing is accepted.
All the passengers will now have to live in the guilt that because of them countless lives will be taken by these terrorists and also permit other hooligans to hijack planes, buses, trains and perhaps kidnapping will be a regular career.
Message:The Indian government has jumped the gun in asking the world community to denounce Pak as a terrorist state. Having missed an opportunity in dealing with the situation in its own territory, it should have first resorted to confirming the identity of the hijackers and if they are found to be Pakistanis, gone whole hog into getting them extradicated from Pakistan for standing trial in India. This would have been a more logical. The whole world knows about the Pak's hand in sponsoring terrorist activities in Kashmir. But getting them to brand Pak as a terrorist state is difficult.
Message:At the end of the crisis the evidence aginst pakistan based militants is overwhelming. But there is no concrete evidence to show that pakistan government is directly linked to this hijacking
Name:s venkatesh gourav
Message:blast these pakistanis out
or go to hell
Message: Yes,It must be wihtout any further delay. They are just trying to disturbe the peace and harmony of India as also the region. They are just shedding crocodile tears on hijacking-actually and undoubtedly it must be their doing only.
Message:The first thing that the Govt. needs to do is shoot all the militants mentioned in the earlier list of 35 to be released by the hijackers.
That would be doing something definate unlike just asking for a terrorist stae declarartion.
Message:India si the terrorist state, having killed 70,000 people in Kashmir int he last ten years, thousands in Punjab and Assam and aiding and abetting the civil war of terror by Tamls in Sri Lanka.
Message:Why does India expect other nations to do what it should be doing in the first place. Steps India needs to take are :
(a) Declare Pakistan and other countries which act against India's national interests as hostile/terrorist states. Mere declaration without suitable visa/trade restrictions will not help. Our Foreign Office is living in yesteryears. It needs re-organization with suitable policies and practices.
(b) Restrict Civil Aviation with countries who do not/cannot provide adequate security. Mandate that Indian Airlines/ Air India provide for Security of their aircraft/passengers/cargo.
(c) Significantly improve its electronic surveillance in and around trouble spots. Equipment is available to do this and someone needs to act.
Message:first of all my heratiest greeings to all the hostages who were released.
i also render my heartfelt condolences to rachna and family for the tragedy that came upon them.
i feel that the idea of declaring pakistan to be declared a terrorist state should
have been taken long before.i completely agree with it.
as far as the incident of the hijaqcking goes,i feel india
is trying to save its skin by blaming the neighbour.although the fact cnnot be denied that they are involved,
we could have taken more better steps to free our people.
i also request you if possible to mail me the address
of rachna khatiyal,i'm very much moved by the incident and would like to lend all the family my support in this bad times
thanks a lot
Message:The first thing my reaction to the release was that the indian
govt has betrayed the stupendous sacrifice made by our
brave jawans .Our jawans have taken the pain to catch those dreaded
militants and we have released them without even thinking about
their sacrifice.But at the same time i felt that the lives of all
the passengers aboard were also important.There was definately
a solution to it but we have created a big mess.Now i am sure that our
country is a soft target for such an incident and this will
surely boost the future hijackers in doing such a thing .Also this
is not the first hijacking incident in our country.
we have not learnt anything from previous incidents either.
The release of those 3 dreaded militants will surely intensify
the militant's struggle in Kashmir and we are going to have
a tough time in combating them.I wish to ask the govt why the hell are they
keeping the militants in jail for the past 4 to 5 years ?.
they should be immediately shot down.Also what is the need to
feed them from our own pockets?.since they are in jail,it is
provoking those militants to hijack indian planes and in return
ask our govt to release their friends .THey
do not have the right to stay any more.if they cannot respect
the sacrifice made by our jawans and their families then they
should not stay.
My first reaction was one of rage. If i were on the plane or if i had some loved one on
that plane i would have considered it as my Bad Luck BUT NONETHELESS EXCHANGED HARD-CORE
TERRORISTS FOR THEIR LIVES.
The Pressure that our Indian families put on the Govt was just initailly but not when the exchange
was asked for.
And the silly Govt very coolly gave in. I cant understand why we vote for people who dont seem
to have any tact , common sense or anything like the average man has.
I am sure more people will dissuade from voting for any political party as all are equally bad.
Nobody does anything for the country. everybody just thinks about their own interests, politically
MY SYMPATHIES FOR OUR INDIANS IN KASHMIR--- IT SURE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER NIGHTMARE.
HINT---i think we need to have a System of the Israelis wherein there is a secret commando
posted on board all planes.
Message:Time and again Islam has proved beyond any doubt that its followers and itself are a bane to the peace of the mankind........You don't agree with me?????????? Please read all the so called holy books of Islam. Please do yourself a favor(the Secularists of India)and enlighten yourself in the benighted knowledge these books desiminate......
Read what other readers said:
'Get into Afghanistan and kill the hijackers'
'The Govt should directly talk with the hijackers and release the passengers without succumbing to their demands'
'Distract the hijackers, storm the plane, shoot the criminals and rescue the hostages'
'An SOP must be in place, formulated without a second's delay'
'We should do an operation a la Entebbe whatever the consequences'
'The Govt should avail of all diplomatic means to get the passengers released'
'Never give in to terrorist demands'
'The relatives' behaviour is understandable --- they are under emotional pressure'
'It is scary to think what the 35 terrorists would do if they were released'
'Indian are and will always be ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation'
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