Hanging sparks celebrations

Published: Nov 22, 2012, 06:48 IST | Anup Satphale |

As news of Ajmal Amir Qasab's execution broke early yesterday morning, scores of people from the city began gathering near Yerawada Jail and an air of celebration prevailed.

Locals showed their joy by distributing sugar and volunteers from political parties began to make a beeline for the area with messages displayed on banners. People whizzed around on bikes sporting the national flag and saffron flags and many of others arriving at the spot were seen distributing sweets. 

Happy faces: A crowd celebrates in front of Yerawada Jail after news of Qasab’s execution broke yesterday; a banner stating the execution is a tribute to departed Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray; a boy on a cycle with the Tricolour and a saffron flag; people offer sweets to one another. Pics/Krunal Gosavi

Once the media reached the gates to cover the developments, hordes of people began to descend on the area hoping to get their moment on television. The crowds created traffic snarls and the police were forced to intervene and disperse the crowd.

Even youngsters were seen cycling up and down with flags flying high. Volunteers from Shiv Sena, NCP and RPI arrived carrying posters with messages stating that India has scored a victory and Qasab’s execution is a tribute to the martyrs of 26/11.

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