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Kasab is just another addition to serpentine queue of death convicts
While the nation has expressed a sense of relief after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught during the ghastly 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people died, the million dollar question is whether he will be hanged swiftly or not?

“A SENSE of closure is felt by the nation, not only Mumbaikars,” reacted Mahesh Bhatt, a Mumbai citizen and a prominent filmmaker when asked about his opinion on the Supreme Court judgement that charged Kasab with waging war against the nation besides murder and conspiracy.

While there is a general feeling of revenge present in the country against the terrorist, the government would be expected to pursue his hanging on a fast track but the million dollar question is when will it be done?

Imran Ali, a Supreme Court Advocate understands that the hanging is going to take some time. “It is understood when a person is being judicially killed or executed then the filling of the papers is bound to take time. Besides, there are 17-18 people who are already in the (immediate) queue to be hanged,” Mr Ali informs. When Mr Bhatt was informed about the queue, he expressed, “ That's the worst thing I have heard; it makes them a living corpse.”

Around 300 people are on the death row and surprisingly India hasn't carried out any death sentence in last eight years. Dhananjoy Chatterjee, a security guard was the last person to be hanged in India for raping and murdering a girl in Kolkata. The incident took place in 1990 and he was hanged in 2004. This episode explains it all.

Kasab's act is even more brutal, as he is considered to have waged war against India through his acts. So, can he jump the hanger's queue? Mr Ali makes one believe so. “Since he is not an Indian, his is a different case,” said Mr Ali.

While his lifelines are depleting, there are only two options left for Kasab- he can either file a review petition with the same judges or different judges of the Supreme Court and secondly he can send a mercy petition to the president who has the power to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.

There are equal chances that his mercy petition will be kept in abeyance like has been done with Afzal Guru, the parliament attack convict and 10 other people. That certainly wouldn't go well with the Indian citizens. “He is our national enemy,” Joram Raj said.

Huge money, with some reports putting it at around 19 crores, has been spent on his security and lodging. Sumodhip Sinha, an M.Phil student at University of Hyderabad said: “It (amount spent) was required, but if a judgement had been passed soon, then the cost could have been less.” But not everyone agrees with it as some citizens also think that the money, if not all, a part of it could have been used in a better manner.

One saying which goes hand in hand with Kasab's act is, 'live by the sword, die by the sword'. Kasab would also die a similar fate, but we do not know when would that sword strike against him.

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