A camera and a killer
Sebastian D'Souza, a former photo editor in a city-based tabloid who had taken pictures of Ajmal Amir Qasab at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) commented on the hanging of Qasab that "this was expected."
Father of a daughter D'Souza, 60, is a resident of Kunnamwar Nagar in Vikroli. He had spent 33 years in photojournalism.
On 26/11, attack day, D’Souza heard the gunfire and rushed to the CST. The terrorists were firing on commuters. With his life on the line, D’Souza was the first one to capture Qasab on camera. Photographs taken by D’Souza and his testimony in the court played a part in helping the Mumbai police get death sentence for Qasab.
D’Souza recollects, getting angry at the memory, “There were several armed policemen on the spot but all of them were scared to shoot Qasab. At one point, I even imagined that I should have had a gun in my hand instead of a camera.”
In April this year, D’Souza quit his job, citing tiredness from years on the field. “Ab bas hua. Ab main thak gaya.” (I am tired and I need rest). I have not made any future plan. I will take life as it comes,” he says.
The government has shown amnesia towards his efforts. It has been four years that the government promised to allot him a flat. That promise is still to be fulfilled.
“Recently I met CM Prithviraj Chavan who said that the matter is under process,” finished D’Souza, whose pictures spoke louder than words on the night that changed Mumbai forever.