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Special efforts needed to deal with 26/11 like terror cases
There is need for Indian judicial and political system to deliver the goods against terrorism and protect Indians from needless violence perpetrated by these criminals. India must act as a strong state against terrorism, says the author.
TREATING TERRORISTS like ordinary criminals under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) seems to be the biggest blunder our government and legal agencies are committing. They should have drafted a separate bill for tackling terrorists and the government must constitute special fast track courts and that too, not under the civilian judicial system but under the army rules, as acts of terrorism are nothing but war on nation.
 
So, they must be put on trial in military courts after,  which they should be put in front of the firing squad rather than going for the traditional noose way and that too, in the absence of hangmen ultimately the death sentence gets converted into a lifer.

Bombay High Court gave its verdict on Monday in Ajmal Kasab case and uphled the hanging verdict. Now there was nothing to cheer about in the judgement as it was evident from the fact that under public pressure and with the pressure mounting from the media also, there was no choice left before the judiciary but to uphold the verdict of the lower court.


Who can forget the black day of November 26, 2008 when the city of Mumbai was attacked by 10 Pakistan trained fidayeen terrorists as they targetted vital spots in the city that included the Taj and Trident hotel along with Oberoi and CST railway terminus. They also killed people wantonly and that included senior police officials namely Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar and several others. For nearly three days, these terrorists kept the city under siege and took many tourists inside the Taj as hostages.


It was only after the NSG commandoes swung into action from Manesar near Delhi that these places could be freed from the clutches of terrorists. After the operation nded, it was made public that police was able to nab only one terrorist alive, and his name was Ajmal Kasab, who was a Pakistani national.


Now the nation is desperately waiting for the justice to be delivered at a speedy pace. But as we don’t have specialised courts and laws to deal with terrorists, things are moving at a snail’s pace thus making the frustration high among the people, who lost their near and dear ones in the Mumbai attack.


We have a number of terrorists who are right now lodged in different jails and a few waiting for the President to take some action on their mercy petitions, which are pending in the office of President of India. Afzal Guru is one such convict in the Parliament attack case.


It seems we are waiting for another Kandhar to happen after which our home minister will escort all these Pakistan based terrorists in a plane to let them off to Pakistan via some third nation. We have shown to the world that we can’t fight terrorism and till we have toothless politicians and law, we can’t put an end to terror attacks.

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