Ajmal Kasab Hanged
Supporters of the hardline Hindu group Bajrang Dal, dance while wearing pictures of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, amid smoke caused by fire crackers during the celebrations in New Delhi November 21, 2012.Reuters

The execution on Wednesday of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the 26/11 Mumbai attacker who was captured alive, has evoked mixed reaction in India.

While some people celebrated Kasab's execution, others opposed it.

Many political parties and leaders welcomed Kasab's hanging. Family members of some of those who were killed in the 2008 terror attack expressed their happiness over the execution.

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People distributed sweets, set off fireworks and even burnt pictures of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist. Some even held up his picture and a rope placed over his head.

Those who expressed their displeasure over the execution include actor Ashish Chowdhry, whose sister and brother-in-law were killed in the attack.  Chowdhry posted a series of tweets saying, "I won't rejoice Kasab's death. I will rejoice when lil' innocent children will stop being taught to kill in the name of God n Religion."

Supporting Chowdhry, music director Vishal Dadlani said: "Almost 4 yrs since 26/11, we've learnt/fixed nothing. They could hire any number of new Kasabs. We'd still be sitting ducks, like last time."

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Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi author and former physician, tweeted: "Millions of Kasabs will be born if we do not stop brainwashing our innocent children with religion. #Kasab #terrorism."

"Death penalty does not deter terrorism. Terrorism grows as religious extremism, political & social oppression,poverty & ignorance increase," she tweeted. 

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