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BJP for rejection of Kasab’s mercy plea

New Delhi/Mumbai, Sep 18 (ANI) Reacting to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab’s move to file a mercy plea in connection with his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said those who wage war against the country and killed innocents deserve no mercy.

“Ajmal Kasab is charged with waging war against this country. Kasab was produced in Pakistan, which is a factory of producing terrorists. It is extremely unfortunate that the man who waged war against this country and killed so many innocent people is still safe,” said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

“Even after apex court’s decision he is not being hanged. We would appeal to the President that his mercy petition should be rejected for the time being. The people of the country want people like these to be punished,” he added.

The Supreme Court had earlier upheld the death sentence awarded to him in the terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad dismissed the plea of 25-year-old Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

The bench also observed that the failure of government to provide him an advocate at the pre-trial stage did not vitiate trial court proceedings against him.

It also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he retracted during trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae to argue on behalf of Kasab.

Kasab, during the argument in the apex court, had contended that he was not given a free and fair trial and that he was not the part of any larger conspiracy for waging war against India. (ANI)