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Brother recalls night of horror

Patna, Nov. 21: The hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab has brought satisfaction to the family members of Binod Gupta, who died in the fierce gunfire at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai on the night of November 26 four years ago.

Patna resident Bablu Gupta, the younger brother of Binod, said the execution of the man responsible for the death of his sibling and over 50 others that night has brought cheers and smiles on the faces of the family members.

Gupta’s mother Malti Devi (71) was also injured in the firing.

Bablu, who lives on South Chandmari Road in Patna, said that had the execution been carried out earlier, it would have brought more satisfaction to the families who lost their close ones in the mayhem unleashed by the 10 Pakistani terrorists.

On the night of November 26, 2008, Ajmal Kasab and his compatriot Ismail Khan went on a 15-minute firing spree at the CST concourse, spraying bullets at random and leaving 56 dead and over 100 others wounded.

After the attack on CST, Kasab and Ismail headed to Cama Hospital before being engaged in firing by a team of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad led by Hemant Karkare.

In the ensuing gunfight, at least three officials — Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte — were killed. Kasab and Ismail then fled with the police vehicle, abandoned it and hijacked a Skoda. They ran into a police barricade where Ismail was killed in the shootout and Kasab was overpowered by constable Tukaram Omble, who sacrificed his life to nab the terrorist.

Bablu, a petty trader, said his mother, who was among those hit by Kasab and Ismail’s bullets, was still not in a condition to walk. She had sustained bullet injuries in her thigh.

Recalling that traumatic evening, Bablu said his elder brother had gone to see off his mother who was leaving by the night train for Patna from CST.

“Kasab, who was armed with sophisticated weapons, started spraying bullets inside the railway station when my brother and mother were stepping towards the train for Patna,” Bablu said.

Binod died on the spot, among at least eight persons from Bihar who were killed in the terror attacks that night.

Bablu said his brother used to support the family and was the main earner. The second of three brothers, Binod had called his mother to Mumbai and asked her to join the family there. But destiny willed otherwise.

“It is difficult to compensate the loss the family had to suffer due to no fault of ours. But the hanging of the main culprit is certainly a matter of relief. At last justice has been done, though delayed,” Bablu told The Telegraph by phone on Wednesday.

He said Binod, a motor mechanic, was then the only bread earner for the family. He, however, lamented that no financial help was given to the family by the state government.

“I called on deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and requested for financial help. But he refused to help, saying the family had already been compensated by the Maharashtra government,” Bablu said.

Like Binod, Nalanda’s Mokhtar too was killed by Kasab at CST. His wife Rukhsana said she was happy and relieved at the execution of Kasab.

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